Nottingham Forest kicked off their pre-season tour of Greece in style, running out comfortable 3-0 winners over top-flight outfit Atromitos.
Summer signing Sammy Ameobi started off the scoring for Forest, before second-half goals from Michael Dawson and Joe Lolley capped an impressive performance.
The Reds face Greek giants Olympiacos next on Tuesday night and boss Sabri Lamouchi will hope for another positive showing.
This was Forest’s second win of their pre-season campaign, with the first coming a fortnight ago against Alfreton Town.
Some of the club’s younger players earned the chance to impress for the first hour against Atromitos and they didn’t disappoint.
Following a comprehensive rout, we looked at three takeaways from the Forest performance.
Lolley highlights his importance
Despite playing for just half-an-hour in Athens, the 26-year-old showcased exactly what he brings to the Forest team.
His stunning strike out of nothing in the first minute of stoppage time showed exactly what he is capable of.
The left-winger boasts a back catalogue of mightily impressive goals in the red of Forest and this long-range effort was another for the collection.
If there is one player that the Reds can ill-afford to lose this summer it’s Lolley.
The future is bright
Once again the Forest boss opted to run the rule over some of the younger players within his ranks.
Toby Edser has spent time on loan at Port Vale and Woking and looked particularly bright in the first half.
Brennan Johnson oozes class, whilst Arvin Appiah was also a menace to the Atromitos defence.
Forest supporters love to see their youngsters given a platform to shine. In Sabri Lamouchi it looks as though the Reds have a manager who is definitely willing to give them a chance to prove their worth to his team.
Ameobi may prove a shrewd addition
Complete judgement on any new recruit should, of course, be reserved until a ball has been kicked in the Championship, but Forest might just have made a shrewd addition in Sammy Ameobi.
The 27-year-old penned a one-year deal at the City Ground following the end of his Bolton contract, with some fans writing him off as a poor addition straight away.
That shouldn’t be the case though and his performance here was one of a man determined to show Forest fans what he can do.
He produced a marvellous little flick in the build-up to Michael Dawson’s second goal and was lively throughout.
Ameobi always seems keen to get on the ball and his presence out wide could be a big attribute for the Reds during 2019/20.