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Nottingham Forest’s Ansarifard’s arrived too late to rival Grabban

Nottingham Forest’s Ansarifard’s arrived too late to rival Grabban

Nottingham Forest were exulted recently after another signing amongst a deluge of incoming players over the past months. 

The Reds recently signed 66-cap Iran international Karim Ansarifard from Greek outfit Olympiakos after speculation of the transfer dated back to September.

The striker was released from the Greek team- which is also owned by Evangelos Marinakis- in August, and has subsequently been waiting for a work permit.

However, the landscape at Nottingham Forest has changed drastically since the rumours of his arrival surfaced. When his transfer was initially expected, the club had made a fairly torpid start to their Championship campaign. In particular, summer signing Lewis Grabban was enduring a troubling goal drought.

Almost two months later, and Grabban has scored the third most goals in the Championship so far this season and has found the back of the net 10 times in his last 11 performances. It has been a seismic turnaround in fortunes for the former Bournemouth forward, as his form has carried Aitor Karanka’s men to sixth place in the Championship, only four points behind leaders Leeds.

Ansarifard was due to arrive in order to rival Grabban for a starting berth at The City Ground, and help him during his goalscoring woes. Now it seems preposterous to fathom dropping Grabban, and there is already a queue of players playing second fiddle at the moment, such as Daryl Murphy and Hillal Soudani. The Iranian now just seems surplus to requirements.

Whilst this was a good idea at the time, Forest failed to strike while the iron was hot, and now have an unnecessary addition to their wage bill.

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