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Nottingham Forest fan provides Ethan Horvath insight following his arrival at Luton Town

Ethan Horvath has arrived at Kenilworth Road and will be battling it out with fellow new signing Matt Macey for regular minutes when the Championship campaign gets underway.

Luton made their goalkeeping department a priority during the early stages of the summer transfer window, with James Shea set to miss out the first few months of the season.

The Hatters had to dip into the emergency loan market twice during the last campaign, something Jones is eager to avoid this time around.

Here, Nottingham Forest fan Des Oldham provides a short assessment of the USA international...

What are his strengths?

Shot stopping, got a real knack of being in the right place at the right time! With a run of games and confidence can be very good on crosses and begins to commend the penalty area.

What kind of goalkeeper is he in possession?

Probably the weakest part of Horvath’s game! Made an error on Forest debut, gave the ball straight to attacker, didn’t play again until opportunity arose when Samba got sent off. Got better with a run of games but probably not up to what’s required of a modern goalkeeper in terms of moving the play on. Communication can be an issue.

Is this move the next best step for his career?

Great move and he definitely needs it, having tuned in to a few US soccer podcasts, they are always debating no, 1 for World Cup. The coach insist he picks a player who’s playing for his club side. Luton looking to build on a very good season is a great opportunity for the player to forge a career and standing in the game. Assuming he gets a run of game it will be very interesting to see his development. With the great respect his unassuming nature in a team making huge strides could be a great fit.

How would describe his character?

When returning to the Forest side seemed very nervy and took time to settle. Understandable due to previous error I guess! Generally seems a little quiet for a goalkeeper and whilst he commanded the area physically, he struggled a little with communication, organising defenders etc.

General feeling?

As fans we always rated Samba as the better option but when it come to putting him back in, Cooper used travel to the US as determining factor. At the point of being dropped/rested it was a surprise as he’d definitely made good progress from game 1. I think he played 6 games, keeping 3 clean sheets and only conceded 1 in others. None his fault. Kept Forest in a game at Preston, with a very good performance when we really should have got beat. It finished 0-0.

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