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‘A great servant’, ‘Sad to see you go’ – 25-y/o’s move away from Nottingham Forest hasn’t worked out as of yet

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Nottingham Forest bid farewell to a number of first-team players over the course of the summer, however there was one high-profile departure that stood out above the rest.

After making over 220 appearances for the East Midlands club, Ben Osborn completed a move away from the City Ground after coming through the ranks at the Nigel Doughty Academy.

The versatile, energetic midfielder had been a regular for the Reds under both Aitor Karanka and Martin O’Neill last term, but signed for the newly-promoted Blades after a lengthy spell on Trentside.

Despite going through several different managers over the last few years, Osborn was always a regular for Forest, wearing his heart on his sleeve and putting in some very gutsy performances in the middle of the park.

He hit the ground running and instantly became a fans’ favourite at the City Ground, after scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Derby County in 2015.

Since that magnificent strike at Pride Park, the midfielder went from strength to strength, playing as either a deep-lying playmaker, a left-sided winger, or even operating as a left-back on some occasions.

In the summer, though, Osborn moved up to the Premier League, signing for Chris Wilder’s side on a three-year deal, and here, we take a look at how Forest fans reacted to Osborn’s Bramall Lane switch…

Osborn divided opinions amongst the Reds faithful during his time at the City Ground – his work-rate and desire couldn’t be questioned, but his end product did leave a lot to be desired.

Nevertheless, after being a fantastic servant to the club, Forest fans wished him the best as he made the move to the top-flight.

Since making the move to Yorkshire, Osborn has endured a somewhat frustrating time of late.

The 25-year-old is yet to make a starting appearance in the Premier League for the Blades, playing only two games, against Chelsea and Everton.

He has made two starting appearances in all competitions, both of which coming in the Carabao Cup against Blackburn and Sunderland, but after crashing out of the competition, his game-time has been very limited indeed.

Forest, meanwhile, have added plenty of depth to their midfield in the likes of Samba Sow, Alfa Semedo and Tiago Silva, and the move has worked in their favour thus far.

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Article title: ‘A great servant’, ‘Sad to see you go’ – 25-y/o’s move away from Nottingham Forest hasn’t worked out as of yet

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