May 18, 2024

David Prutton has been speaking about Odysseas Vlachodimos after Nottingham Forest drew 2-2 with Blackpool at the weekend.

The pundit was discussing the custodian with the Forest Focus podcast.

So, what did Prutton think about Odysseas Vlachodimos as he was handed a rare start? Let’s take a closer look.

What David Prutton said about Odysseas Vlachodimos after Forest draw

Well, it’s fair to say that the pundit isn’t convinced that Vlachodimos covered himself in glory with the second goal that Forest conceded.

It came when a ball across the box from CJ Hamilton eluded everyone and found Albie Morgan unmarked at the back post to fire home.

Rather intriguingly, Vlachodimos seemed to drop to the floor as the cross came in and Prutton felt that was a strange thing to do.

He told the Forest Focus podcast: “I think, the second one, it’s just a really curious movement from the goalkeeper. I’ve obviously never played in goal, I played with some good goalkeepers and some not-so-good goalkeepers and I just really didn’t realise what he was doing.

“The fact that he goes to the ground when the ball is nowhere near him is a really curious movement. I’m not blaming him for the goal but the position that the goalkeeper puts himself in doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.”

In our minds, Vlachodimos hasn’t really made the grade since he arrived at Forest – and his latest performance hasn’t changed that opinion.

Clearly, he’s a decent goalkeeper given his CV but FBRef shows that he’s actually saved less than half of the shots he’s faced this season.


David Prutton delivers fresh Nottingham Forest verdict and makes season  prediction - Nottinghamshire Live

Forest fans have every right to be anxious over goalkeeper situation

The ongoing situation between the posts is now becoming of great concern to Forest.

Quite simply, the Reds have signed two goalkeepers in the summer who aren’t fit to strap the gloves of Dean Henderson or Keylor Navas.

It’s a bit of a sorry indictment on the recruitment at Forest that it was felt as though Vlachodimos and Matt Turner could replace last season’s pairing.

In fairness to Turner, his shot-stopping has on occasion been pretty useful. His kicking, however, has been beyond horrendous.

So, Nuno Espirito Santo has a bit of a conundrum. Does he stick with the two he has, or does he go and sign another one?

Jose Sa is a man who has been linked with Forest but whether the board will justify the money for another goalkeeper remains to be seen.

Vlachodimos blew his chance to stake his claim for a regular Forest place against Blackpool. Now, Espirito Santo must decide which of the goalkeepers to play in the replay at Bloomfield Road next week.



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