Some Nottingham Forest fans were up in arms earlier this week when Arvin Appiah swapped the City Ground academy ranks for the Spanish sunshine.

The 18-year-old signed for Segunda Division outfit Almeria and in the process landed Forest a windfall of £8 million.

Appiah’s departure means the path is now clearer for another academy prospect and one of the players out on loan is doing a grand job of skipping up the queue.

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Virgil Gomis endured a frustrating time of things at Notts County last season. With the club in turmoil and facing a desperate battle to climb away from the relegation zone, the youngster was often benched in favour of tried and tested options.

His loan to Macclesfield Town, however, has the potential to reap big rewards.

On Tuesday night he netted what proved to be the winning goal against Newcastle United’s under-23 outfit in the EFL Trophy.

It was the 20-year-old’s second goal of the campaign after he netted in a Carabao Cup win over Blackpool earlier in the season.

He is yet to start a league game but his goal last night might just earn him a chance this weekend when the Silkmen host Crawley Town.

The ball really is in Gomis’ court when it comes to forcing his way into Forest contention.

His contract at the City Ground expires in the summer and right now you would have to say that it won’t be renewed.

Lack of options

That isn’t to say Gomis can’t earn a reprieve, however, and hitting the goal trail at Moss Rose could certainly enhance those chances.

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If the young striker can start hitting the net on a regular basis he could become a beneficiary of a distinct lack of striking options at the City Ground.

In Lamouchi’s squad right now there is Lewis Grabban and Rafa Mir to battle it out for the striking spot. Tyler Walker is on loan at Lincoln and will probably return to fight for a place next season.

The challenge for Gomis is simple. Start scoring goals at Macclesfield and see where that takes him.


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