February 29, 2024


Every one of 124 Nottingham Forest transfers under Evangelos Marinakis rated

Latest Nottingham Forest news as NottinghamshireLive looks back at every signing made by Reds owner Marinakis



07:00, 17 NOV 2023


Gil Dias during his loan spell at Nottingham Forest

Gil Dias during his loan spell at Nottingham Forest (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Nottingham Forest have done some good business in recent windows – and they will hope to do so again in January.


The Reds shouldn’t need to make too many additions in the winter window, with the focus set to be more on overseeing outgoings. But they will be keen to make sure any signings they do make are the right ones.


Promotion to the Premier League has changed everything when it comes to Forest’s transfer dealings. There is never a guarantee any new recruit will be a success, but fans have gone from seeing the likes of Adama Diakhaby brought in to getting excited about the club recruiting midfielder Ibrahim Sangare and young defender Murillo showing the potential to be a future superstar.


This was the 13th transfer window with owner Evangelos Marinakis at the helm. In that time, 124 signings have been made – with varying degrees of impact from those who have put pen to paper at the City Ground.


Below, we have given a rating out of 10 on every signing of the Marinakis era, taking into account impact, potential, length of service and transfer fee. Where players have signed more than once (e.g. two separate loan spells or a loan and then a permanent deal) we have included them in the window when they first arrived.


Let us know how you would rate all 124 Marinakis signings in the comments section.

Summer 2023

Ibrahim Sangare signs for Nottingham Forest

Ola Aina 7, Anthony Elanga 8, Matt Turner 7.5, Gonzalo Montiel 7.5, Andrey Santos 7.5, Murillo 8, Nuno Tavares 6, Nicolas Dominguez 8, Callum Hudson-Odoi 7.5, Odysseas Vlachodimos 7, Ibrahim Sangare 9.5, Divock Origi 7, Andrew Omobamidele 6.5.


The summer just gone has the potential to be Forest’s best transfer window of the Marinakis era. It is certainly the one which generated the most excitement. Quality additions were brought in, but also players with potential. Not all of them have got on the pitch yet, but on paper the squad has been significantly strengthened. Landing Sangare, in particular, was a huge coup given the level of competition for his signature.


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January 2023

Danilo and Felipe celebrate Nottingham Forest’s win over Southampton

Gustavo Scarpa 6, Danilo 9, Chris Wood 7, Felipe 9, Jonjo Shelvey 4, Keylor Navas 8, Andre Ayew 5.


Last season’s January window can be analysed in two ways. It was a mixed bag in terms of impact made by those who came in, but all (to some extent) played a part in helping the Reds secure survival. Danilo and Felipe have proved to be excellent recruits. Navas did a job and Wood seems to have a knack of scoring important goals, even if you can question the merits of the financial outlay. On the other hand, Scarpa now finds himself at Olympiacos, Ayew left without leaving a mark and the less said about Shelvey’s contribution, the better.


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Summer 2022

Serge Aurier and Morgan Gibbs-White celebrate Nottingham Forest’s win over Arsenal

Taiwo Awoniyi 9, Dean Henderson 8.5, Giulian Biancone 6, Moussa Niakhate 8.5, Omar Richards 5, Neco Williams 7.5, Wayne Hennessey 7, Brandon Aguilera 8, Harry Toffolo 7.5, Lewis O’Brien 6.5, Jesse Lingard 6, Orel Mangala 8, Emmanuel Dennis 5.5, Cheikhou Kouyate 7.5, Remo Freuler 6.5, Morgan Gibbs-White 9, Hwang Ui-jo 6, Renan Lodi 8.5, Willy Boly 8, Josh Bowler 6, Loic Bade 5, Serge Aurier 9.


With so many signings in one window, not all of them were going to be a hit. The likes of Awoniyi and Aurier have been superb and continue to be key players, while Gibbs-White has the makings of being an absolute bargain even for the initial £25 million splashed out to secure his services. Others, such as Richards, Ui-jo and Bowler are yet to feature in the Garibaldi – for various reasons – and are currently out on loan, while Bade’s spell was cut short. Some will argue Lingard was a complete flop, but it can’t be denied he helped generate a strong team spirit.


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