According to a video posted to his Twitter account by by Bulgarian football writer mshumanov (@shumansko), and written about here on the72, Nottingham Forest are showing serious interest in Manchester City’s back-up keeper Aro Muric.
The above video shows Forest boss Martin O’Neill, and goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh, watching Muric feature for Kosovo in a Euro 2020 qualifying game against Bulgaria on Monday just gone. 20-year-old Muric played the full game as Kosovo came out on top by a 3-2 scoreline.
Muric started his career in football in Switzerland, the country of his birth, with SCYF Juventus Youth before a series of youth moves landed him at Mancehster City’s doorstep in mid-March 2015. Since arriving at the Etihad Stadium, Muric has featured in 24 games for the Under-18s (27 conceded/nine clean sheets) and 17 games for the Under-23s (22 conceded/three clean sheets).
This season he stepped up to the first team, featuring in six cup games with his five in the Carabao Cup leading to four clean sheets and conceding just a solitary goal against Leicester City. His run as go-to keeper included every game, apart from the Final where he was replaced by City #1 Kepa Arrizablaga.
Loan in Muric – a good idea?
Some Nottingham Forest fans are said concerned over a number of errors that current #1 Costel Pantilimon commited. Whilst these may have blotted the stopper’s copybook with some fans, that’s not to say that Forest will be wanting to bring in Muric to instantly usurp Pantilimon.
Pantilimon kept 15 clean sheets last season, making 143 saves in the process. He kept them in more games than he cost them and still remains more than a dependable keeper at Sky Bet Championship level. Muric would add to that dependability.
Having such a highly-rated youngster in Muric arrive at the City Ground would provide that high level of comeptition that clubs often rely on to keep players on their toes. Loaning in Muric, that’d be a good idea in my eyes and surely one that ofrest fans would welcome.