Nottingham Forest’s new loan signing is rather perplexing

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Earlier this week, Nottingham Forest were rather busy on deadline day letting four players depart the club, including the £8m sale of Arvin Appiah.

Though, it has been their business from last month’s deadline which has caught the news this week.

A player named Marios Siampanis appeared on the club’s website as a member of the U23 squad.

The 19-year-old was named on the bench for three U23 matches over the past month before finally being granted a start last week – though; there has been no announcement of his arrival anywhere.

Apart from here.

It appears as if Forest have indeed added a fifth goalkeeper to their ranks, albeit on loan, and for the youth team.

Even if he isn’t going to feature for Sabri Lamouchi’s senior side, it raises question marks over whether or not they have learned from previous mistakes.

The Reds boss has already brought in Aro Muric on loan from Manchester City, who is competing with Brice Samba for that number one spot, with the latter seemingly winning the job currently – he is averaging 6.83 compared to the Kosovan’s meagre 6.11, per WhoScored.

There are also still players at the City Ground who are just nowhere near getting a chance, even between the sticks, such as Costel Pantilimon so to make yet another signing in that area seems rather perplexing.

This is because Forest have such a large squad, an error they are still feeling the effect of from Lamouchi’s predecessors.

The Greek youngster has only joined on loan, which appears strange in itself to only temporarily have a player in the youth team.

All in all, it makes this signing seem like a continuity from managers and staff of years gone by, something the Algerian needs to eradicate.

To be fair to him, he has taken steps in doing so seeing the likes of Daryl Murphy and Jason Cummings leave – but it’s just not enough.

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