Nottingham Forest Opinion: The acquisition of Albert Adomah on a free transfer could be a massive coup for Forest

According to Bristol Post, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City are set to go head-to-head in a transfer tug of war over free-agent Albert Adomah this summer, with Millwall also believed to be interested in securing the services of the 31-year-old.

Adomah is currently a free-agent after being released by Aston Villa upon securing promotion to the Premier League. The Lions decided against keeping the 31-year-old Ghanaian as a part of their plans in the top-flight moving forward but Adomah is expected to have plenty of suitors this summer.

The Robins are open to the prospect of reuniting with their former player, while Adomah’s inclination to remain in the Midlands might give Forest the upper hand in this deal. (h/t Bristol Post)

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The 31-year-old made a total of 42 appearances in all competitions this past season and scored 4 goals, as Aston Villa secured a return to the Premier League through the playoffs following a three-year exile from the top-flight.

Dean Smith showed a lot of faith in Adomah’s experience and abilities in the semi-finals and finals of the playoffs but the Ghanaian looks set to remain in the Championship next season after being shown the exit door at Villa Park.

Adomah played for Harrow Borough and Barnet before earning a move to the Championship with Bristol City back in 2010. The Ghanaian’s three-year stint at Ashton Gate proved to be a fruitful one and the jet-heeled winger racked up 17 goals and 29 assists in 136 appearances for the Robins in all competitions.

Adomah’s promise and potential attracted interest from Middlesbrough, who swooped for him in the summer of 2013. The prolific wide man made an instant impact at Teesside, accumulating as many as 12 goals and 6 assists in his very first season.

The Ghanaian finished with 26 goals and 19 assists for Boro in all competitions and fired the club to Premier League promotion before switching boats to join Aston Villa.

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To put things into perspective, Adomah’s pace, trickery and eye for goal, coupled with his wealth of experience in the Championship should make him a lucrative proposition for Nottingham Forest, despite his advancing years.

The Ghanaian might be 31 but he is still good enough to be a potent threat in the second-tier, and an eye-watering tally of 61 goals and 62 assists in 372 career appearances in the Championship should be enough to prompt Martin O’Neill to make a move for him.

Forest spent heavily in the transfer market last summer to bring in some high-profile players from foreign leagues but a 9th-place finish in the Championship was all that the club could manage.

The paymasters at the City Ground would have hoped for the club to secure a playoff spot after spending a fortune but that wasn’t quite the case, and now Forest need to adopt a more sensible and measured approach in the summer window.

Keeping that in mind, Albert Adomah is someone who could possibly offer good value for money and snapping him up for free might as well prove to be a masterstroke from O’Neill.

Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban were the key contributors with goals and assists up front this past season but Forest need to find replacements for the likes of departing loanees Gil Dias and Diogo Goncalves.

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Another big-money recruit Hillel Soudani struggled with injuries and failed to make much of an impact, and with Lolley attracting plenty of interest from the Premier League, Forest might find themselves in big trouble should the winger depart City Ground this summer.

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Even if Lolley stays put, Forest should go all out in their pursuit of Albert Adomah, given that the Ghanaian’s know-how and experience could go a long way towards helping the club secure a long-awaited promotion next term.


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