Back in the last knockings of the January transfer window in 2017, Nottingham Forest sealed a deal to bring Zach Clough to the City Ground.
The 23-year-old had been shining at Bolton Wanderers in the years previous to raise his stock ten-fold, not least in the first half of the 2016/17 season in netting nine goals in just 22 games for the League One.
And it was Gary Brazil, who filled the void left from Philippe Montanier’s departure at the start of the month, who secured a deal for the talented attacker, one that stimulated quite a positive response from several Forest supporters on Twitter…
— George Stewart (@gazza_stew1) January 31, 2017
can’t wait to see you get started in a red shirt @
— James Furness (@Furness_nffc) January 31, 2017
Great signing. Happy days COYR
— Andrew Pritchett (@andrewp1970) February 1, 2017
— Daniel Campion (@NFFCDan) February 1, 2017
— Alfie Beavon (@AlfieBeavon4) February 1, 2017
— Matthew (@KirchinMatt) February 1, 2017
I’ve been wanting him to come to Forest for the last few seasons. Star potential!
— Mark Fox Music (@LordFoxworth) February 1, 2017
awesome signing coyr
— MW (@matleslie68) February 1, 2017
And while Clough made a decent start to life at the East Midlands giants, things have since tailed off quite spectacularly to underline the huge blunder made by Brazil little under two years ago.
Ultimately, the Reds were seen to have pulled off quite the coup in luring the 23-year-old to the City Ground, what with Clough one of the most talented young players in the Football League at the time, and thus seemingly set for a very bright future in the game.
And the attacker started reasonably well with four goals in just 14 Championship appearances in the second half of the 2016/17 season, endearing himself particularly to Forest supporters by netting in their 2-2 draw with Derby County on March 18, Mark Warburton’s first game in charge.
But that was about as good as it got for the Englishman as Warburton’s arrival saw his game time reduce somewhat, starting just four league matches in the 2017/18 season under the ex-Rangers chief, in which time he failed to score a goal or register an assist to suggest that his honeymoon period at the club was very much over.
And the arrival of Aitor Karanka back in January this year may have signalled the end of his Forest career given he was shipped out on loan to former employers Bolton at the end of that transfer window, before making a temporary move to League One outfit Rochdale at the start of the current campaign – things don’t look good for Clough at all.
Yes, at the tender age of 23, he still has time on his side to make things work at Forest, but indications suggest that, with the club seemingly on the up under Karanka, the attacker is going to struggle to become the player many thought he would at the City Ground.
So while it was a signing met with excitement and anticipation, it’s one that simply hasn’t worked out for neither player nor club, leaving those Forest fans raving about his arrival likely to be very disappointed and frustrated with what has proven to be a huge Brazil blunder.
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