Who is Richie Laryea? Nottingham Forest’s latest transfer goal

Nottingham Forest has had a loaded start at the window and they are set to make another addition with Richie Laryea set to join Steve Cooper’s side.

It has been reported that the Canada international, who plays for MLS team Toronto FC, will arrive in England tomorrow for a medical before the deal is finalized.

And, here we provide the truth about the 26-year-old …

First of all, Laryea is an attacking-minded full-back who has spent most of his career as a right-back, although he is also capable of playing on the opposite flank and further forward as a as a winger if necessary, the latter giving a good indication of his style of play

The 22-cap international established himself as a player in Canada but made his big breakthrough at Orlando City in MLS before sealing a return to his homeland to play for Toronto FC in 2019.

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And, since then, he has become an important figure in the squad, impressing with his pace, his ability to dribble and his willingness to move forward.

These characteristics seem to make him an ideal candidate for a winger role in Cooper’s squad and Laryea will offer Djed Spence some tough competition on the right side, while his versatility will make him an option on the left as well.

The player ended a disappointing MLS season in November, then started for Canada in wins over Costa Rica and Mexico as they took a big step towards World Cup qualification later that year.

So Laryea might take some time to get back into shape having not played in the past six weeks, but he looks like another smart addition to the Reds to continue their busy start until the January window.

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