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‘Incredibly underwhelming’ – Nottingham Forest forward makes City Ground departure: The Verdict



Nottingham Forest have recently confirmed that Karim Ansarifard has left the club to join Qatari side, Al-Sailiya. 

The striker struggled for regular game time with the Reds, and made just 12 appearances in total as they finished 9th in the Championship last term.

He arrived as a free agent, after his spell with Greek giants, Olympiacos came to an end at the end of the 2017/2018 season.

Ansarifard scored just twice for Forest, and will be disappointed not to have made more of an impact in his first season with the club.

With Sabri Lamouchi taking charge of the first-team after the surprise departure of Martin O’Neill, the Forest boss has evidently deemed the striker surplus to requirements as he looks to prepare for the new Championship season.

The Reds boss will be hoping to find a better replacement for Ansarifard, who failed to adjust to life at the City Ground.

But how do our FLW writers sum up Ansarifard’s time with Nottingham Forest?

We discuss….

Louie Chandler: 

“Incredibly underwhelming.

“He arrived at the City Ground last season as an experienced marksman with World Cup caps to his name. And on a free transfer? What a deal!

“But with just two goals and two assists to his name he has clearly failed to step-up and failed to settle in his new surroundings leaving plenty of fans underwhelmed.

“He showed flashes of his quality but they were far too infrequent and I think cashing in and getting him off the books is by far the best option for Forest and a smart move from Lamouchi.”

Ben Lang: 

“It never really got going. He arrived at the City Ground with plenty of promise, but his time at the club was plagued by bad timing.

‘He completed his move soon before Aitor Karanka left his role as Forest boss, and Ansarifard was never one of Martin O’Neill’s favourites. This means he was never given an extended run in the side, and he failed to adapt to life at the club. The fact he was called up to the AFC Asian Cup in January didn’t help his cause either.

“I expected Ansarifard to play a more prominent role under Sabri Lamouchi next season, so I am slightly surprised by this move. This is particularly the case given that plenty of Forest fans also seem disappointed in his departure.

“However, if it was the case that the striker wanted to leave the club, then I fully support the decision to let him go. Forest cannot afford to have any unhappy players in the side next season as they target a more successful campaign.”

Toby Wilding: 

“I think the best description is probably ‘underwhelming.’

“Ansarifard moved to the City Ground from Olympiacos with a pretty encouraging record behind him, but things just didn’t go right for him in the Championship.

“The striker struggled to get all that many opportunities, and on the occasions he did get the chance, he didn’t exactly provide the sort of return you imagine many will have expected from him.

“With a sizeable squad as it is and the club looking to bring in new recruits in a bid to push for promotion, it probably makes sense to move Ansarifard along, to create more space and funds in order to bring those new signings into the club.”

Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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