Scouting report: Nottingham Forest
Inside Blue Tue 19 Sep 2017
With Stamford Bridge hosting Carabao Cup action tomorrow evening, we take a closer look at our opponents...
The former Brentford boss took over at the City Ground last season and safely kept the Reds up, with a victory over Ipswich Town on the final day of the season. Warburton ranks the Bees and Rangers as former clubs of his and he led Brentford to promotion to the Championship and then to the Play-Offs the following season, during his time in charge at Griffin Park. The 55 year-old is assisted at Forest by former Everton and Rangers defender, David Weir.
The midfielder is a consistent performer for the Reds and can play comfortably either in the middle of the park or on the left flank. The 23 year-old progressed through the academy ranks at Forest, despite growing up a supporter of arch-rivals Derby County. Capped at international level by England U20’s, Osborn has also shown he has an eye for a spectacular goal with his stunning strike against the Rams earning him Forest’s goal of the season award in 2015.
Forest have been a little ‘up and down’ so far this season, winning as many games as they’ve lost in the Championship. They slipped to a home defeat to Wolves at the weekend, but did pick up all three points the last time they were on the road by defeating Sunderland thanks to Daryl Murphy’s late strike on Wearside.
ONE TO WATCH
The midfielder began his career with us, progressing through the academy ranks at Stamford Bridge and signing a professional contract although he never broke through to make a first-team appearance in a Chelsea shirt. The 28 year-old signed for Forest last month and could be in line to feature against us in the Carabao Cup. A defensive midfielder, Bridcutt adds experience and energy to the Forest midfield.
WORN BOTH BADGES
The legendary Chelsea skipper departed Stamford Bridge this summer for Aston Villa, 19 years after making his debut for the Blues. The former England international won five Premier League titles with us, as well as four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League in his illustrious career. Whilst it might seem a little strange seeing the number 26 in a Villa strip, it’s not the first time he hasn’t worn the blue of Chelsea, after he took in a loan spell with Nottingham Forest back in 2000. The defender turned out six times for Forest, who were managed by former England midfielder David Platt at the time, before returning to west London and breaking into the first-team set up.