Nottingham Forest winger Mustapha Carayol says signing for The Reds could prove to be the ‘most important move’ of his career.
During his time at Middlesbrough, the 28-year-old was loaned out to Brighton, Huddersfield and Leeds but Carayol says a permanent move to Trentside could be the kick-start his career requires.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to getting started and to showing the Forest supporters what I can do. Hopefully they will take to me like most of the Middlesbrough fans did during my time there.
“I always go out on to the football pitch with that pressure on my shoulders to be the best player. This is probably going to the most important move of my career because everyone will be keeping an eye on me to see if I can reach my potential.
“There’s some really good strikers here and if you put the ball in the right area you know they’re going to score goals. My main job on the pitch is to provide chances for the strikers and to help them reach their targets.”
Carayol could be selected to play some part in the game at Aston Villa on Sunday (kick-off 1.15pm) and the winger says he is hopeful of getting some minutes under his belt as well as catching up with a familiar face.
He said: “The games are going to come thick and fast so we need to get to know each other as quick as we can and get results on the board. But we spend a lot of time together on the training ground so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
“Sometimes playing against the so-called bigger teams in the division is better. It’s more of a total-football game and you can show each other what you can do on the ball. That will suit me down to the ground and if I’m selected then it’ll be a great day.
“One of my closest friends, Albert Adomah, has just moved to Aston Villa so it’ll be good to see him again but hopefully we can come away from the game with a positive result."