Nottingham Forest will be hoping that their home advantage will give them the positive boost they need to recover from their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City when they host Bournemouth this afternoon at The City Ground.
It will be a curious display when the two teams meet today in the top flight in a battle of the newly-promoted sides to see just how far they have come following their clashes in the Championship last season, of which Bournemouth were victorious in both meetings.
Despite their poor record against the Cherries last term, Steve Cooper has spent the summer building an almost brand new squad that he believes has enough quality to compete comfortably in the Premier League, and they will be put to the test again today.
Following the defeat to Man City, the Welsh manager added even more players to his squad completing 21 signings in total when the transfer window slammed shut on Thursday night.
One player who joined the club on Deadline Day was former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Willy Boly who has signed a five-year permanent deal and the game against Bournemouth could be the perfect opportunity for Cooper to unleash the six-foot-three defender who already has bags of Premier League experience.
Boly who was hailed a “monster” by journalist Aaron West, has not only tallied up 89 appearances in the top flight but has a lot of experience in playing in a back three so should have no trouble quickly fitting in and making an impact in the Tricky Trees’ back-line this afternoon, despite only being at the club for a few days
Despite being injured for large parts of last season, the Ivorian centre half did make a positive impact in the Wolves back three over his 10 Premier League appearances, winning 56% of his duels, making 1.4 interceptions, 2.5 tackles and 3.5 clearances per game, proving that he is solid and reliable defender when called upon.
With that being said, Cooper must give Boly the opportunity to make his mark in defence against Bournemouth as his fresh perspective could be a game-changer in the back-line after such a severe loss in their last game.