Date: 10th August 2019 at 9:00am
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You’ve read my views on the goalkeeping situation, in fact, you’ve probably had enough of them.

Now it’s time for you to hear the manager’s. Let’s face it, as passionate as I am about the position, he’s ultimately the one that makes the decisions, so it’s only fair we give him a chance to explain himself.

It looks as if Sabri Lamouchi has made his choice regarding who is going to be his number one this season. Speaking in his press conference before the Leeds game this afternoon, he laid out his plans for how he sees the depth chart as he begins to settle into his new role at the City Ground.

“It is very clear and very simple, Aro is number one. He has big potential. With Brice, it was a great opportunity for the club to bring him in and sign the player. He has good experience and is a good keeper as well. He has signed for four years, so he is for the future. But one and two, it is clear for me and clear for them.”

This is all music to my ears, I’ve been calling for a clear hierarchy at the position all summer and it appears as though Lamouchi has come through with one.

However, I do still have a couple of questions.

If Brice Samba is someone you’ve brought in for the future, wouldn’t it make sense for him to play games so you can get a good look at him? Could you not have signed him and then sent him out on loan to another club, so he can still get some game time rather than being sat on the bench at Forest waiting for Muric to make a mistake? And if you’ve got your first two goalkeepers lined up, where does that leave the rest of them? Does this mean that Costel Pantilimon’s tenure at Forest is officially over? Does the same go for Jordan Smith?

With the foreign and lower league transfer windows still set to run for another couple of weeks, it’s possible that we can get the clarity I’ve been looking for. Hopefully they do, because if they’re still on the books after those windows shut, then all they’re doing is draining the club’s bank account with their wages.

 
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