Nottingham Forest supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side suffer their first defeat of the Championship season on Saturday.
Aitor Karanka’s men went into their clash with Brentford at Griffin Park having won one and drawn the other four of their opening five league matches, thus generating some optimism among supporters after a summer of encouraging business. Yet the East Midlands giants suffered disappointment at Brentford on Saturday in going down 2-1 to the Bees, with goals from Lewis MacLeod and Ollie Watkins either side of a Matty Cash equaliser sealing all three points for Dean Smith’s team.
Thus, there have been many downbeat Forest fans up and down the country in recent times, some of whom have taken to Twitter to criticise the arrival of midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis on a free transfer.
And while there are likely to be a few doubts regarding the £1.35 million-rated midfielder (as per Transfermarkt), those Forest fans may well be wrong as the 27-year-old could well prove to be a very shrewd addition indeed.
Ultimately, Forest were extremely busy during the summer transfer window in overhauling the playing squad at the City Ground, with the central midfield department one area that was heavily bolstered by manager Karanka.
As such, it does seem somewhat strange for the former Middlesbrough boss to bring Greece international Tachtsidis to the club, but given what the 27-year-old can offer both on and indeed off the field, he could prove to be a fine signing.
The midfielder has over 200 club career appearances to his name of which 128 have come in Serie A, thus underlining the fact that he has produced the goods at the highest level during his professional career.
Add in the odd appearance in European competition, as well as 25 caps for Greece, and Tachtsidis can offer a great deal off the pitch for the Reds, while his ability with the ball at his feet, specifically in picking out a pass, will surely help on the field as well.
And luring him to the City Ground on a free means that the East Midlands heavyweights have nothing to lose from such acquisition, but they could well reap the rewards if the 27-year-old can produce his best form at the Championship side.
As such, while some Forest fans are underwhelmed at the addition of the Greek star, he could well turn out to be a very shrewd addition indeed given what he can offer the Reds both on and off the pitch.
Forest fans… what do you think? Let us know!