Joao Carvalho bid farewell to Nottingham Forest in the summer, with the midfielder joining UD Almeria on loan with a view to a permanent deal.
Carvalho failed to make a real impression during his time at the City Ground, with the 23-year-old falling out of favour under both Martin O’Neill and Sabri Lamouchi.
Carvalho became Forest’s club-record signing in 2018, arriving from Benfica for a reported fee of around £13.2million.
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But six goals and nine assists in 67 games later, Carvalho has now left Forest on loan, with an obligation for Almeria to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
Carvalho has since made five appearances for Almeria, who currently sit 18th in the Spanish second division after six games.
The Portuguese playmaker made his debut in a 1-0 home defeat to Sporting Gijon at the start of the month, before featuring against Logrones, Las Palmas, Cartagena and Fuenlabrada.
Carvalho is yet to find the back of the net for Almeria, but he registered his first assist for the club in the 1-1 home draw against Cartagena.
The attacking midfielder has started three times for the club, making two substitute appearances, and has played primarily as a number 10.
If Carvalho does do well for Almeria, then it’s very likely that the Spanish club will activate the option to sign the midfielder for good.
Forest, though, will be keeping an eye on Carvalho’s progress, and fans will hope that it isn’t a case of the ‘one that got away’.