According to The Birmingham Mail, Nottingham Forest are on the verge of signing former West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob.
This will be the second signing since the transfer window closed and the 16th of the summer, but it just seems completely unnecessary given the current size of the squad.
In fact, this isn’t only unnecessary, it actually seems stupid to have this many players in the same position. Aitor Karanka now has a massive task of striking a balance between all these players.
The Reds already had Ben Watson, Jack Colback, Adlène Guedioura and Liam Bridcutt competing for the two defensive midfield positions that manager Aitor Karanka usually deploys, before they signed Greek midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis yesterday. The addition of 31-year-old former Argentina player Yacob just seems overkill.
A decision like this may come back to bite Karanka as the season goes on. Players will inevitable grow restless at their limited game time, and it will be guaranteed that some of those midfielders will not play as much as they would like this season based on the squad depth.
Moreover, many Forest fans are calling for the club to recruit more attacking options, as they hope the club will get into gear this season.
The Reds have only won one league game this season, drawing four and losing one, leaving them floundering in fourteenth place. The more signings there are, the more the pressure on Karanka to perform will build, however, it gets to a point like this where these signings are negative for the team.