REPORT : The national media has made a surprising statement regarding Nottingham Forest’s decision not to sign a particular player


Nottingham Forest have allowed all of their loan players from last season to return to their parent clubs.

The Reds have exploited the loan market with very limited success and there is room for improvement this summer.

Forest learned some lessons last summer with their permanent signings, but the loan market is still something the club needs to get a handle on.

Forest loaned out two full-backs last season, signing Nuno Tavares from Arsenal and Gonzalo Montiel from Sevilla.

Tavares now looks close to joining Lazio, while Montiel is currently trying to win silverware with Argentina at the Copa America.

Last night, Montiel started as Argentina beat Canada to progress to the final, and there were some exciting comments about him.

The national media gives a sensational verdict on Gonzalo Montiel

The player never got a real chance to shine, but when Nuno Espirito Santo came to the club, he looked pretty decent.

He played in games against Newcastle and Manchester United around Christmas but was a close second to Neco Williams.

Perhaps it wasn’t entirely Montiel’s fault that he didn’t get more chances during his time at Forest, and perhaps a change of strategy might have helped him.

Last night, ESPN said of his performance: “Poor start as he failed to contain Shaffelburg, but as Argentina took control, so did Montiel.

“He is the type of player who needs to get used to the rhythm of the game more than any other player. He left in the 70th minute.”

Forest will now have bigger fish to fry than Montiel

These comments certainly make exciting reading, but in the end the ship probably sailed for Montiel in the Forest.

Now the Reds need to prepare their squad for next season and perhaps a new song can fill the void left by Montiel.

It looks like Eric da Silva Moreira has been given a squad number this week and may get a chance under Espirito Santo.

The right-back does not look like an immediate priority for Forest and Montiel may have to look elsewhere for a new club to play for.

His days at Sevilla appear to be numbered – as they try to raise funds – but he is unlikely to play at the City Ground again.

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