Brice Samba hasn’t been one to shy away from adhering himself to both Nottingham Forest and opposition fans since joining the club from Caen last season.
The 26-year-old established himself as a popular figure amongst Reds supporters last season, keeping 13 clean sheets in 40 league appearances and earning a place in the PFA Championship Team of the Year after a fine campaign.
The Congolese shot-stopper quickly built up a rapport with Forest fans, who by the end of the season, had plastered his face onto banners in the Bridgford End.
A rather enigmatic character, Samba was also no stranger to receiving criticism from opposition fans, particularly on social media, for his antics throughout particular games.
This season, though, he has been unable to act the pantomime villain and play in front of his beloved supporters, which is something he has vented his frustrations at previously.
But Samba will be looking to help Forest end this season strongly, and build momentum into next season ahead of a potential City Ground return for fans.
Whilst it may have been two contrasting seasons for Forest during Samba’s time at the club, the goalkeeper’s performances haven’t waned and he has been a key player despite a change in management earlier this campaign.
Speaking to FLW about his time at the City Ground thus far, Samba picked out last season’s 2-0 home win over Leeds United as his favourite moment with the fans.
He said: “I think my favourite moment was against Leeds.
“The fans were crazy, the stadium went crazy, especially when we scored the second goal in stoppage time.”
Goals from Sammy Ameobi and Tyler Walker on a cold February night at the City Ground saw Forest close the gap to just one point on the eventual title winners, with 15 league matches remaining at that point.