Tudgay signing is the perfect fit

by , November 25, 2010

Whilst many fans have already voiced their criticism over the signing of Marcus Tudgay, initially on loan, from Sheffield Wednesday, the truth couldn’t be more different.

Dividing opinion as a player, not having contributed to the Sheffield Wednesday cause since relegation and rumours of a sulky attitude after a rejected bid from Burnley last year, Tudgay might look like the sort of signing that we do not need right now.

However, Forest have absolutely nothing to lose from this deal. Since the signing is initially a loan deal, Forest can try before they buy, presumably having already wrapped up the details of a potential permanent deal so the price should not rise should his performances merit it.

Not only is this a financially sensible deal for Forest, but contrary to the opinions of many, Tudgay is a talented footballer. Highlight videos such as his stunning strike against Sheffield United in the steel city derby show the potential that he carries, and a season best of 15 goals in the championship backs up my assertions. As I wrote earlier today, Forest are in need of another striker who can add the potential ability to hit double figures for the season, and Tudgay is absolutely that.

Further to Tudgay’s cost, or lack of, and potential ability, is his versatility. With pace and trickery in his arsenal, there is no reason why he can’t be deployed out wide if needs must, and in the system with advanced wingers that Forest have often employed, Tudgay could be dangerous drifting in off either flank.

Don’t expect miracles, don’t expect a storming of the goal-scoring charts, but Marcus Tudgay is exactly what Forest needed on this loan window deadline day, an able striker, with Championship track record and the potential to fit into the Reds’ side and contribute to a play off charge.