Steve Cooper raves about Nottingham Forest star Matt Turner.
Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Matt Turner has been praised by head coach Steve Cooper. The Reds face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Forest prised Turner away from Arsenal during the summer transfer window. He spent a single season with the Gunners but made just seven appearances, all of which came in cup competitions.
At 29-years-old, he was desperately seeking regular first-team football. The player is the number one stopper for the USA national team and that’s a position he will want to keep.
Cooper has been very impressed with his summer purchase. He’s been raving about the player who cost the club £10 million from the team that finished second in the Premier League last season.
Cooper told BBC Sport: “Everyone knew at the end of last season that we needed to add to the goalkeeping part of the squad. I feel we are in a strong place now. It is now a really competitive area of the squad.
“Matt has settled in and really bought into the values of the club. He is really good to work with and I am really happy with him.
“I don’t want to say too much because you want your goalkeeper to play well the next game, but let’s hope he can do that.”
Cooper hails Forest star Turner
There is definitely more to come from the goalkeeper. However, so far he’s been pretty much faultless and the Reds look to have hit the jackpot with the signing of the American.
Although he’s not played much football in England, he clearly has a point to prove now that he’s moved to Forest. His performances so far have been quality and he made two good saves again on Monday night.
Cooper is clearly a big gan of the goalkeeper. With Odysseas Vlachodimos now signed from Benfica, Turner will be under no illusions that there is now an experienced custodian waiting to take his place.