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One start, one red card: Former Nottingham Forest target not proving great recruit for new club

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One start, one red card: Former Nottingham Forest target not proving great recruit for new club

Braga midfielder Nikola Vukčević was one of a host of names linked with a move to the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest were linked with some big names during their summer spending spree and one of those was midfielder Nikola Vukčević.

According to the Nottingham Post, the Reds were keen and whilst some of the club’s transfer targets came to fruition, others fell by the way side.

The signing of Vukčević was one which couldn’t be completed, with the 26-year-old instead opting to sign for  La Liga side Levante.

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Some thought that Forest boss Aitor Karanka had potentially missed a trick by not pushing harder to sign the midfield player, although his early season form has perhaps proved otherwise.

Vukčević wasn’t in the squad for the club’s first three games of the campaign, whilst he was then sent off for two rash challenges during his first start for his new club.

 

To compound the former Braga player’s misery, he has picked up an ankle injury during his suspension and he could now miss several games.

It is perhaps telling that Forest landed Jack Colback instead of Vukčević and the Newcastle loan star’s early season performances suggest that Karanka opted for the right player.

With Karanka deploying a 4-2-3-1 formation, his midfield pairing is vital. Vukčević won’t be deemed a complete failure just yet by his new club but from a Forest point of view it looks like they have done well to avoid his signature.

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