Nottingham Forest have been doing some interesting business this summer, especially as they broke their transfer record to sign Joao Carvalho from Benfica. But one are of the team that needs sorting is the goalkeeper position.
Forest have not had a settled goalkeeper at the club since Dorus De Vries left in 2016, and even he only held the number one shirt for one season. Since then a long list of names has held the fort. Vladimir Stojkovic, Jordan Smith, Dimitar Evtimov, Stephen Henderson and Costel Pantilimon have all had a chance since, as has Stefanos Kapino.
The Greek international arrived on a free transfer in February after his release from owner Evangelos Marinakis’ other club Olympiakos.
His arrival was met with some excitement. As a teenager, he became the Greek national team’s youngest ever player and was linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
But a poor stint in Germany dented his progression and he found his way to the City Ground.
Reports this summer have suggested that may not be for long, with the Nottingham Post suggesting he could be on his way out already.
But Forest should not give up on the Greek talent.
He played four times last season when loan stopper Pantilimon was out of the side for personal reasons. He made some errors but he is still settling into his new surroundings.
Forest are currently short in the goalkeeper department. Clearly, Aitor Karanka is not sold on Jordan Smith and Stephen Henderson struggles to stay fit.
Kapino is an exceptional shot-stopper with bags of pedigree. Given time and a little bit of trust he could be a valuable player for Forest, either as back-up or starting goalkeeper.
Forest should not give up on the 24-year-old just yet.