By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil has made it clear that the club were not willing to let Nicklas Bendtner leave during the January transfer window.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash with Norwich, Brazil waved off any speculation of the former Arsenal man leaving the City Ground.
The Nottingham Post said that reports in Denmark had claimed the club would allow the striker to leave the club.
“There was no desire on our part to allow Nicklas Bendtner to leave in January and he is very much part of the squad,” the caretaker boss was reported saying on the club’s official Twitter page.
GB: There was no desire on our part to allow Nicklas Bendtner to leave in January and he is very much part of the squad #NFFC
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) February 9, 2017
The 29-year-old has made 17 appearances for Forest in all competitions this season, eight of them coming from the bench. However the striker has only scored twice in that time, his first for the club coming against Fulham in a 1-1 draw in September.
Bendtner made 171 appearances for Arsenal during his time at the Emirates and scored 47 goals in all competitions. The striker had loan spells at Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus before leaving the Gunners for Wolfsburg on a free transfer in 2014.
Forest picked up Bendtner on as a free agent on a two-year deal after he was released by the German club at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Football Insider verdict:
This seems as though it’s a run-of-the-mill thing for a manager to say in a press conference when asked whether a player is leaving the club. Brazil is only caretaker manager at the City Ground and it’s doubtful that he would have had any say in what happens with transfers.
Regarding his statement to him being part of the squad, Brazil has only given him two substitute appearances since Philippe Montanier’s sacking in mid-January – the striker wasn’t even in the squad during the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
It’s obvious that Forest do not need Bendtner simply because he hasn’t delivered for the club. They should have moved him on and reinvested his wages into other areas of the squad.
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