Nottingham Forest spent the summer recruiting several new players to give boss Sabri Lamouchi the very best chance of a successful season.
No fewer than 12 new players checked in at the City Ground and a large number of them have integrated nicely into the squad.
The Reds beat Brentford on Saturday to go second in the Championship and things appear to be on an upward curve for Forest.
With the second international break of the campaign now upon us, we at Seat Pitch continue with our new series which assesses the starts made by the Forest new-boys. Up next is Brice Samba:
What’s the background?
It came as something of a shock when Forest parted with £1.9 million (Nottinghamshire Live) to land the Congolese stopper from Caen.
The Reds were hardly short of goalkeepers within their ranks and many saw it as a signing that didn’t need to be made.
How has looked during the first two months?
Sensational. The new goalkeeper was forced to wait patiently for his chance but since making his league debut against Fulham he hasn’t relinquished control of the gloves.
Samba has now played eight games in all competitions, keeping five clean sheets in the process.
He looks very much like becoming the best custodian seen in a Forest shirt for many years on current form.
The 25-year-old is building up a strong rapport with the club’s army of supporters and is now very much established as Lamouchi’s number one goalkeeper.
Samba possesses quick feet along his line, solid distribution and also commands his box with ease.
What does the future hold?
The ex-Caen stopper has signed a four-year deal with the Reds and that will delight Forest supporters.
On current form, he looks as though he could be Forest’s first-choice goalkeeper for many years to come.
Samba will hope to fight off any competition for his place and continue adapting superbly well to English football.
The signing of Samba has already looked like a roaring success. It says it all that Aro Muric was signed on loan from Manchester City and was tipped to be the club’s number one, Samba, however, has already dislodged him from the team.
People claim that a solid goalkeeper can be worth an extra 20 points a season and the commanding presence of Samba already makes him arguably Forest’s best summer addition. 9.5/10