UK time is: 12:26:23
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Family Affair For Cole

Since Nottingham Forest were promoted back into the Championship in early May, it has all been pretty bright on the banks of the Trent. The fans have been captivated however, with the signing of the Premiership's 2nd all time goalscorer, Andrew Cole.

The man who made his name firstly for Newcastle, and then for Manchester United after a then record 7 Million transfer, has returned to his city of birth, by order of his deceased grandfather. Before he passed, he asked only one thing of Cole, to play for his boyhood club. This week, he has fulfilled the promise he gave to him.

Everything at The City Ground at the moment is full of optimism, especially now since a proven Premier League goalscorer has joined fellow new signing Robert Earnshaw up front. Forest is Cole's 12th club, and most probably his last. At 36, he has signed a 12 month deal with the Reds, which may well see him to the end of his career. Last season, on loan at Burnley, he scored 6 in 13 appearances. If he can come back with a similar ratio in the next 12 months, I'm sure the fans will be happy with their new signing.

Cole joins many other Nottingham-born and self-proclaimed Forest fans in the team. Players such as Lewis McGugan, Kelvin Wilson, Julian Bennett and Wes Morgan, have all become fans favourites, because of their local roots, with Cole's reputation, it may not take long for him to receive the same sort of adulation from the fans. There doesn't seem to be many other reasons for him to join the team, apart from money. Although, Cole himself has gone on the record and stated that the offer on the table from Forest, wasn't the biggest or best he received. Does this go some way to prove that you can take the boy out of Nottingham, but can't take the Nottingham out of the boy?

The chances of Cole increasing his Premiership goal tally are incredibly slim, but the chances of him scoring another 20 plus goals this season are looking good. The midfield behind him has been strengthened despite the loss of Kris Commons and Sammy Clingan. Frenchman Guy Moussi has been brought in, has been Liverpool starlet Paul Anderson, both straight replacements for the outgoing midfielders. Obviously, the only thing perhaps not on Cole's side, is his age. At 36, he may find it difficult to sustain his fitness throughout the season, and may not get into the team ahead of the likes of the aforementioned Earnshaw, and Nathan Tyson.

Personally, I back him to do a decent job next season, in which will most probably be his last. It's about time that the Forest fans had another cult hero up front though. Before it was Jason Lee with his 'pineapple' on his head, since then there has been Pierre van Hooijdonk, until he went on to sue the club for an unpaid loyalty bonus. David Johnson was a legend for a season, until he broke his leg against Sheffield Utd. Perhaps this is the time for King Cole to strut his stuff, and fire Forest back to the big time?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: WillT Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 8 2008

Time: 7:19PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

Reds v Royals Match Preview (Friday August 22 2014)

Hooray Henri!!! (Friday August 22 2014)

Bournemouth v Forest Match Preview (Tuesday August 19 2014)

A Tesche Of Class? (Thursday August 14 2014)

Capital One Cup 2nd Round Draw. (Thursday August 14 2014)

Fans To March Demanding Fairer Prices (Tuesday August 12 2014)

Archived Nottingham Forest Articles

List All Vital Forest Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Jimmy Gordon 610
2. Calvin Plummer 430
3. da fuq 386
4. toms 369
5. PVH 348
6. McJoburgForest 281
7. Pope John XXIII 272
8. Mr Angry 239
9. LyttleByLyttle 234
10. Mark2310 201

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Forest 2 - 0 Blackpool
Bournemouth 1 - 2 Forest
Bolton 2 - 2 Forest

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Forest 3 2 1 0 +3 7
2. Cardiff 3 2 1 0 +3 7
3. Millwall 3 2 1 0 +3 7
4. Charlton 3 2 1 0 +2 7
5. Bournemouth 3 2 0 1 +4 6
6. Norwich 3 2 0 1 +4 6
7. Watford 3 2 0 1 +2 6

Breaking League News

Preview: Watford v Leeds
Watford : 23/08/2014 12:18:00
Player(s) Plus Cash For Rhodes??
Blackburn : 23/08/2014 10:26:00
Rovers Man Of the Match Against Norwich
Blackburn : 23/08/2014 10:25:00
Norwich: That Wasn't Meant To Happen!!
Blackburn : 23/08/2014 10:23:00
Man in Charge:
Birmingham : 23/08/2014 10:08:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Djamel Abdoun is yet to find a new club - would you keep him to see if he can turn his Forest career
Suggested By:  OKD
Yes - given current injuries 74%
No - get rid asap 26%