Karim Ansarifard’s arrival at Nottingham Forest was announced on November 1, 2018.

He penned an 18-month contract and brought with him the title of the ‘new Ali Daei’.

That is some billing for an Iran international.

To be considered the natural heir to a national treasure should be a source of great pride.

It probably is to Ansarifard.

Unfortunately for him, he has done little to earn such lofty billing from Forest supporters.

Rather than the new Ali Daei, he has been more the next Andrea Silenzi.

That may be a little harsh, but what have we got to work with?

As things stand, Ansarifard has seen a grand total of 46 minutes for the Reds.

Bench

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A 1-0 defeat to QPR on December 22 is the only time he has made the field before the clock hits 86.

Under Martin O’Neill, the 28-year-old has seen only three minutes.

One hundred and eighty (seconds)!

Ansarifard has become the epitome of time-wasting.

Mr Stoppage-Time.

His CV suggests that he is deserving of much more, having ticked along at just over a goal every other game at club level.

He has graced a World Cup stage and Asian Cups, while tasting a title triumph in Greece with Olympiakos.

So far in England, the bench is the only thing he has graced with any kind of success.

The presence of Evangelos Marinakis at the City Ground unquestionably played a part in his arrival on Trentside.

Olympiakos had deemed Ansarifard surplus to requirements.

Switch

 

No worries, stick him on the next plane to East Midlands Airport.

The same was true of Panagiotis Tachtsidis, and look how that turned out.

He penned a two-year contract last summer – an agreement six months longer than Ansarifard’s.

It has already been torn up after shipping him out on loan to Lecce in a deal which includes an obligation to buy.

Could a similar switch be in the offing?

It is difficult to see how Ansarifard can become anything more than a bit-part player.

Lewis Grabban and Daryl Murphy are the favoured striking options, Leo Bonatini is in the mix and Hillal Soudani will come back into the equation once fully fit.

Where does Ansarifard figure?

Has he been merely unfortunate during his time on Trentside or was he always unnecessary?

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