In the January transfer window, Blackburn confirmed the signing of Nottingham Forest striker, Ben Brereton for a hefty transfer fee.
It was believed that the fee was in the region of £7m, which at the time, seemed like a relatively good deal for Blackburn as the forward was impressive for the Reds in the early stages of his professional career.
Brereton scored some significant goals in his time with Nottingham Forest and many would have thought that he could have had a role to play for the Reds this season as they struggle to break into the top six before the season is up.
But this certainly has been a time to forget for the 19-year-old who has struggled for starts in Tony Mowbray’s side this season.
The youngster has been restricted to just three league starts, and has been used as a substitute for Rovers on 19 occasions in this year’s campaign.
This is likely to be hugely frustrating for everyone involved with Blackburn, who had high hopes for the England youth international.
But he’s struggled for confidence in front of goal this season, which is evident as he is yet to find the back of the net for Blackburn.
Nottingham Forest have pulled off a masterstroke it seems, as Blackburn have seen no return for he hefty £7m fee that they signed him for.
The City Ground faithful will be hoping that their owners can reinvest that money into strengthening the squad for next season as they look to go one step further and finish inside the top six.
But there will be Nottingham Forest supporters that will be contemplating would could have been as Brereton could have been challenging the likes of Lewis Grabban and Daryl Murphy for a starting spot in Martin O’Neill’s squad.
It’s been a complete waste of money for Blackburn so far though, and Nottingham Forest have certainly pulled off a masterstroke in getting as much as they did for him back in the January transfer window, as he’s not settled into life at Ewood Park very well at all.