According to a recent report from The Nottingham Post, Claudio Yacob is nearing a move to Championship side Nottingham Forest. The 31-year-old is currently without a club after leaving second tier outfit West Brom at the expiration of his contract earlier in the summer, thus bringing the curtain down on a six-year stint at the Hawthorns.
Yet reports suggest that the former Argentina international is set to sign for Aitor Karanka’s Forest, and while this news is likely to please several Forest supporters, it could spell seriously bad news for £1.35 million-rated midfielder Liam Bridcutt (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the summer transfer window saw much change take place at the City Ground, with no fewer than 14 players through the door at the East Midlands outfit prior to the close of the EFL loan window on August 31.
Two more have since been added to Karanka’s squad, one of which is midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis, who adds to the likes of Bridcutt, Jack Colback, Ben Watson, Adlene Guedioura, and Ryan Yates in that central midfield department.
As such, it’s clear that Forest are already well-stocked in that area of the pitch, and adding the experienced Yacob is only going to add to that, which could spell bad news for Bridcutt given he has yet to feature at all in the Championship this season.
The former Leeds United man made the move to the City Ground last summer and went on to appear 27 times in the Championship for the Reds last season, including in all five of their final games of the regular campaign.
But in failing to even make the matchday squad for their opening four league matches of this term, before being an unused substitute in their last two games, it’s clear that Bridcutt is already someway down Karanka’s pecking order, let alone if Yacob does indeed complete a move to the City Ground.
And while Yacob is slightly older than Bridcutt, the former West Brom star could be a huge asset to Karanka in the middle of the park such is his combative and tenacious playing style, thus leaving Bridcutt’s future far from certain.
Thus, while many Forest fans will likely be pleased with Yacob’s addition, it could spell seriously bad news for Bridcutt in his bid to further his career at the City Ground.
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