Eyebrows were raised by certain Nottingham Forest supporters back at the start of September when the club recruited midfielder Claudio Yacob on a free transfer.
It was nothing to do with the quality of the Argentinian as a footballer that led to some Forest fans start to ask questions. But, with the club already boasting a plethora of players who can play in the middle of the park, his arrival did perhaps seem a strange one.
Forest already boast the likes of Adlene Guedioura, Jack Colback, Ben Watson, Liam Bridcutt and Ryan Yates who can play through the middle, but clearly boss Aitor Karanka was keen to add even more talent to his extensive midfield quota.
Yacob has not featured for his new club yet, but he looks set to hand his boss a big headache following the international break as he gets up to scratch with his fitness levels having missed out on the rigorous demands of pre-season.
In hindsight it seems easily justifiable why Forest would want to sign a player boasting Yacob’s expertise, especially given that he clocked up 175 games for West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, with some of their supporters even questioning why he wasn’t handed a new deal when his contract ended following the club’s relegation last season.
In order to win promotion to the top flight, clubs need to have an adequate squad which boasts a mixture of youthful exuberance and experience and the 31-year-old will certainly bring plenty of the latter to the City Ground.
With Forest currently sitting pretty in fifth place in the Championship it makes for a very exciting future given that a player with Yacob’s prowess has not even kicked a ball for the club yet.