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What does the future hold for Karim Ansarifard?

Karim Ansarifard joined Nottingham Forest in a deal that appeared to take an eternity to complete.

The Iran international arrived at the City Ground on a free transfer from Olympiakos at the beginning of November following complications regarding his work permit.

A player owner Evangelos Marinakis will know well from the Greek champions, the 28-year-old is yet to make an impact at the Championship side.

And, despite being their only a few months, questions could already be asked about what the future holds for the player that was once named as one of the world’s best young talents by Bleacher Report, dubbing him the next Ruud van Nistelrooy.

A lot was expected of Ansarifard in the early stages of his career, with FIFA also selecting him as a player to watch in 2012 per The Nottingham Post, whilst Goal.com believed he was one of the hottest 100 young football players in the world.

It appeared that he could live up to those claims in his early days, as he was rather prolific with some of his other clubs, with 18 goals in 34 appearances for Olympiakos making for some exciting reading.

However, he has rarely had a chance to impress in the Nottingham Forest side since joining them and with the arrival of Martin O’Neill as manager, following Aitor Karanka’s departure, his opportunities have hardly improved.

In the 17 Championship matches he has been with The Tricky Trees, he has been in the matchday squad for 10 of those games, making six substitute appearances totalling 44 minutes of action, per Transfermarkt.

In truth, Ansarifard has missed a handful of games due to Iran’s participation at the Asia Cup, but O’Neill does not appear to favour him either.

The 28-year-old was an unused substitute for their game against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, with Lewis Grabban preferred to lead the line.

The new manager also used the January transfer market to bring Leo Bonatini from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a loan until the end of the season, which will likely push Ansarifard further down the pecking order.

Just months into his career at Nottingham Forest, the £3.6million-rated striker, per Transfermarkt, must be questioning what the future holds for him at The City Ground.

Nottingham Forest fans – thoughts?

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