Arijanet Muric struggled on his Nottingham Forest debut as the Reds suffered a 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion and was criticised by some supporters on social media. The 20-year-old has been brought in to replace Costel Pantilimon between the sticks, but he didn’t justify the decision on Saturday evening.
The first goal Muric conceded saw him fail to deal with Kyle Edwards’ low central effort, instead palming the shot into the back of the net rather than getting down quicker and parrying the effort past the far post. The second goal saw Matty Phillips’ cross go over Muric’s head. West Brom held on for the win.
Muric clearly had a shocker yesterday, as he did in pre season too. If you were the gaffer, who are you starting in between the sticks against Leeds on Saturday? #NFFC
— Topic of Forest. (@TopicForest) August 4, 2019
If Samba is coming, can we get rid of Muric please?
— Ant Lord (@antlord46) August 5, 2019
I don't blame Muric. I blame Forest for putting their trust in a 20-year-old. If he was 25 we'd say he was young and still not the finished article. #nffc
— Hannah Forest ????⚪️⚽️ (@hannahforest) August 5, 2019
No doubt Muric is class, put that down to teething problems but we still need at least a new striker & Milosovic to start. Marathon not a sprint, West Brom a good team with a top manager, keep the faith! #nffc
— ᎶᎪᏃ △⃒⃘ (@NffcgazTaylor) August 3, 2019
So how many lives does Muric have before everyone wants Pants to be number 1 again? Yesterday didn’t do Muric many favours. Hoping fans aren’t blinded by fact he was a City player, Pep as his mentor etc ….. #nffc
— Matt (@sporteventsrmh) August 5, 2019
— KAI ???????????????? (FB FT) (@NFFCKAI) August 4, 2019
Forest are overstocked with goalkeepers in the first-team, so this should be one area the Reds are strong in. Sabri Lamouchi currently has Muric, Costel Pantilimon, Luke Steele and Jordan Smith, and he’s even been linked with a move for Brice Samba.
Whether Muric’s proverbial No.1 jersey could switch hands remains to be seen, but he didn’t cover himself in glory on his Championship debut. It is worth noting, however, that he’s still only 20 years old and has played only one of a potential 46 league games so far.