On the back of an excellent last season we went out and added to the first team squad in a hope that we could be competitive in all competitions. Players arriving at the club were Midfielder’s Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Gustavo Scarpa (Fluminense) and Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal). all 3 transfers agreed at the end of last season.
We then went out and purchased Winger Pione Sisto (FC Midjylland), Defender Doria (Olympique Marsielle) and Forward Joel Pohjanpalo (Bayer Leverkusen). We were pleased to have added to the squad, I felt we would be a force this season.
We started pre season with the thought that we could kick on and be more of a force in the Premier League this season.
Pre Season Results
A good pre season in terms of blending players in to the squad.
Transfer Record Broken
We then signed what I thought would be the final piece in the jigsaw Romelu Lukaku joined us from Everton for a club record £40m
The board set out their expectations for the season ahead, I was happy with what they had set out and looked forward to building on our success last season.
Premier League…..Qualify For Europa League
Europa League…….Reach Group Stage
FA Cup………………Reach Sixth Round
Capital One Cup……Not Important
We went back to Wembley for the season opener and ended up losing out 2-0 to League Champions Manchester City.
We under achieved in a season that I felt we should have kicked on. We ended up in 8th position missing out on European qualification. We never really got a run going and found Thursday night Europa League games did not help us as we suffered a good number of injuries and struggled tactically this season. You can see from the screen shots below our inconsistency.
Our first season back in Europe we reached the quarter final stage before going out to Spanish club Seville.
Domestic Cup Results
Capital One Cup
End Of Season
The newcomers performed well with Lukaku netting 33 goals we had injuries to both Assombalong and Oliveira but the Belgium led the line well for us. Sisto and Scarpa also came in and performed well. Yoshinori Muto also desrves a mention he looked settled and performed well all season.
What next for the club after a campaign that I felt we under achieved? The board are still pleased with me over the 3 seasons and I would very much like to repay their faith in me with a better showing next season. I am going to go away and analyse what went wrong during the season. It may just be time to say goodbye to a few of our players that I have kept the faith with during my time at the club.
I will go away and hope to come back strong next season with a few new faces as we try to build on the first 3 years at the club.
Three Years Building The Forest Way
2015-2016 Championship Winners
2016-2017 Premier League 5th / FA Cup Winners
2017-2018 Premier League 8th / Europa Lge QF / FA Cup QF