It’s fair to say that Karim Ansarifard’s move to Nottingham Forest has not worked out as all parties would’ve hoped.
The Iran international arrived at the City Ground in November with a good reputation having previously played in the World Cup for his country and he’d scored a lot of goals for Greek giants Olympiacos.
Yet, for many reasons he just hasn’t settled at Forest and one goal from nine league games highlights his struggles in the East Midlands.
Ansarifard may have hoped that Martin O’Neill replacing Aitor Karanka may have given him a new lease of life but he’s only started once under the Irishman.
That’s particularly worrying when you consider that top scorer Lewis Grabban has been out for a while recently, with Nottinghamshire Live revealing that he is closing in on a return.
Therefore, Ansarifard will know that he has to really up his game if he is to play a part in the Reds play-off push, with the ex-Bournemouth man sure to start.
With Leo Bonatini and Daryl Murphy also to choose from, there’s a lot of competition for places at Forest and that can spark different reactions from players.
The 28-year-old former Osasuna man needs to see this as a big challenge and fight for his place but it’s easier said than done.
You’d forgive Ansarifard if he felt he won’t get a fair shot at the club and he may already be planning a potential exit in the summer.
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