In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that had many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.
When Sabri Lamouchi rocked up at Nottingham Forest, not many would have thought he’d have the impact he has had so far, so it’s fair to say the Frenchman has shaken the club to its core.
Lamouchi was initially signed to a chorus of worries and bemusement from the Forest faithful, who questioned the decision to sack Martin O’Neill and hire Lamouchi, with the Irishman having only taken charge in January of this year.
Thanks but no thanks. I’ll come when when you stop being utterly ridiculous. This is never ever ever going to work.
— liam waghorn (@liamwaghorn) June 28, 2019
What a shocking appointment. Do we just pick names out of a hat? Even this guy’s own family have never heard of him
— The Rabbit (@rabbit5788) June 28, 2019
This isn’t Karanka?!
— byron (@Byron_nffc) June 28, 2019
However, it is fair to say they’ll be regretting those tweets right now, with Forest having enjoyed a sensational start to their season under the 47-year-old. Prior to this weekend’s games, the Reds had lost just one Championship game so far this season, winning six and drawing four as they sit in second place in the league, behind West Bromwich Albion on goal difference.
The reason Lamouchi has shaken the club to its core is because of the change in fortunes for the club from the second half of last season. From January to the end of the last campaign, Forest won just eight of their 20 games in the league, leaving them ninth in the table. The side scored 26 goals, but more crucially, conceded 27 goals as they failed to find the balance between defence and attack (via Transfermarkt).
However, this campaign, Lamouchi has found the balance, with the club having scored the fifth-most goals and conceded the joint-second least in the league (via Sky Sports). Indeed, the former France international has got the Reds scoring consistently as well as keeping it tight at the back, a stark contrast from the failed O’Neill era.
Whatever happens from now until May next year, Forest look like they could be fighting for promotion under Lamouchi as it stands. The former Monaco player has taken very little time to change the fortunes of the club, which is staggering given the poor second half of a season last campaign.
Nottingham Forest fans, do you think Lamouchi has shaken the club since his arrival? Let us know your thoughts!
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