Sky Sports pundit Kevin Campbell has seen three reasons Nottingham Forest will gain promotion to the Premier League, speaking ahead of their Championship play-off semi-final fixture against Sheffield United.
The Lowdown: Top four finish
The Reds narrowly missed out on an automatic promotion place, having secured a fourth-place finish. They now have to battle it out in the playoffs, starting with the first leg against the Blades on Saturday afternoon before the reverse fixture which is set to take place at the City Ground the following Tuesday.
Even though it will be a difficult task trying to secure victory over a side who were in the top-flight just last season, the former Arsenal striker believes that Forest have more than enough in their squad to get the job done.
The Latest: Campbell backing Forest
When speaking during a recent interview with The Athletic (via Nottingham Forest News), Campbell listed three specific factors he’s spotted, praising the manager, playing squad and togetherness while saying the club is simply ‘too big’ to stay down.
“It’s too big a club, the history is too vast and it’s been too long.
“It’s time for these young players to take the reins. They have the right manager, camaraderie and talent.”
The Verdict: Cooper’s unbelievable record
Steve Cooper was first appointed Reds boss last September after leaving Swansea to take over as Chris Hughton’s successor in the east Midlands.
And the 42-year-old achieved more than anyone probably thought possible during his first season in charge, having won 25 of his 42 games across all competitions this term, as per Transfermarkt, not to mention the fact that there is still a strong chance that he could take them to the Premier League before the end of May.
The Welshman has built a squad that is full of young players with massive potential, and whilst it won’t be easy coming up against Paul Heckingbottom’s sturdy and perhaps more experienced side, there’s no reason why Forest can’t be the team booking their place at Wembley on May 29th.
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