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Return of a legend?

Tuesday 5th July 2011
The other morning I was woken up by a text from a fellow Forest fan proclaiming that "one of the players we sold to Spurs is back at the City Ground. Have a guess which one." I'd heard a rumour last January about Michael Dawson being lined up for a loan move back to the club that made him but then of course the World Cup came and the rumour soon became ridiculous. Yet, on this bright summer morning, I had hope. My mind didn't really fall onto the possibility of Andy Reid returning even though I'd heard his name linked, which is strange when you know of how I used to view Reidy.

Back in 2005, I thought of Reid as our most prized asset. I'd seen him play on numerous occasions and not since the days of Van Hooijdonk had there been a player in a Forest shirt who was too good for the league we were in. Time after time the Northern Irishman would leave defenders in a daze and at times you couldn't set a tactic against him. Dawson, on the other hand, was solid yet never really spectacular during the matches I saw him play. Maybe that is the hallmark of a great defender, that they should be never noticed. There was definitely talent where Dawson was concerned and an intelligent football brain but he never really attracted the same adulation or attention that Reid was accustomed to. Kris Commons, then our second choice left-midfielder, was half the player of Reid in my opinion but now that seems to have been reversed and rightly so as Commons was a consistent Championship performer and is terrorising defences north of the border.

Since leaving the Reds, Reid had mediocre spells at Spurs and Sunderland which were sandwiched with a stint at Charlton which at times revived the magic that Reid could produce. Last season at Blackpool he was non-entity making only five appearances but he's still only 28 - the peak of his career. He's been subject to comments about his weight but I still believe that there's still the talent and the skill hiding beneath the tired exterior.

When Andy left Forest he was regarded as somewhat of a modern legend at the club which is why it surprises me to hear of fans that are unhappy with the transfer. It's clear that McClaren is working on a budget and when a player like Andy presents himself then you have to go for him for his experience if nothing else. At the very least we're going to get some commitment and a true left-winger that will stop the reliance on Cohen to play there. If he has a good pre-season then there is no reason why Reid can't produce the displays of old and lead us up the table. All we need to do now is sort out the mess at left-back!

By Tom Davidson. I'm on also on twitter @tom_davidson
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