Eyebrows were raised back in August when Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka sanctioned the departure of talented youngster Ben Brereton.
The striker joined Blackburn Rovers on loan and will make the move permanent next month in a deal worth £7 million.
The 19-year-old netted nine goals from 57 games after emerging from the Forest academy; with some fans disappointed that he was allowed to leave earlier in the season.
Tough start at pastures new
It would appear that Brereton isn’t exactly adhering himself to supporters of his new club with some feeling shortchanged by the deal.
Yesterday, Rovers were defeated 1-0 by Norwich City and following a 17-minute cameo, fans vented their frustration at the forward on Twitter.
Brereton is yet to score in 17 appearances for Tony Mowbray’s side and has largely been used as a substitute.
For those of a Forest persuasion, the frustration perhaps came out of the sale of a player who has yet to reach full potential.
The forward often played out wide for Forest and although he usually looked lively it is fair to say that he was somewhat erratic in front of goal.
Aside from one epic performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup last season it is a bit of a struggle to think of another occasion where he made much of an impact for the Reds.
On his current form at Ewood Park, it seems as though the Reds boss is being proved right to cash in on Brereton.
After another poor showing at the weekend, Seat Pitch rounded up exactly what the Rovers faithful were saying about the youngster.
Don't like to slate but any Rovers fan out there can give a positive on the 7mil Ben Brereton, I'd like to hear it,
— adam fowler (@bigadz01) December 22, 2018
I'm really struggling to see the positives in Ben Brereton….thoughts @Rovers fans ??
— Mark Whittle (@MarkWhittle1) December 22, 2018
Ben Brereton is the worst than Chris Brown and thats saying something, 7 million for a pile of shite! #Rovers
— Colin Fagan (@ColinFagan1) December 22, 2018
Ben Brereton with quite possibly the worst performance I have ever seen from a substitute! Can you ask him if he was on the piss last night? @Rovers
— Chris Tongue (@TongyBRFC86) December 22, 2018
I don’t want to use the Grabbi word, but I’m not sure what Mowbray sees (saw) in Ben Brereton at that price tag. #Rovers
If they were to bring a striker in during the window, I’d look to loan him out. 20 minutes every other week doing nothing for his game.
— John Mousis (@jmousis) December 22, 2018
So the people who want to see Ben Brereton played in his natural position, talk me through who gets dropped – Dacky or Graham? 🤨
If I was him, I’d just concentrate on trying a bit harder. Poor form/lack of confidence is one thing, lack of effort is a different problem.
— Matt Currie (@mcurrie95) December 23, 2018
4 months since signing and Ben Brereton has shown nothing to warrant a 7 million price tag or whatever it’s going to be. If you’re on the bench and want to get in the starting 11, you have to make an impact or at least make an effort. He has failed to do that each & every time.
— LΞvi Pilling (@LeviPilling91) December 22, 2018
7 million pound for Ben Brereton. Forest have well and truly pulled our pants down
— Luke Richardson (@LukeR_16) December 22, 2018
Im not sure the recruitment team has earned its Christmas bonus with the Ben brereton deal!!
— James (@Jameswhincup) December 22, 2018
I’ll say it all again, Ben Brereton, I’ll drive him back to Nottingham tomorrow. Don’t get me started on Nyambe. Why do we lack ruthlessness, why are we so naive? In my head that’s 11 points thrown in the last 8 weeks. They where there for the taking today, sorry #BRFC #Rovers
— Leighton J Holden (@LJHolden1986) December 22, 2018
We appear to have broken Ben Brereton
— Ian Herbert (@ianherbert) December 22, 2018