Few knew too much about Brice Samba when the 25-year-old goalkeeper arrived at the City Ground over the summer.

If he was something of an unknown quantity then, he certainly isn’t now.

Samba’s stock is on the rise.

And Forest are hoping to be the ones to reap the dividends.

The Reds bought low – at around €2 million, according to The Athletic – and have already seen a sizeable return on that investment.

It is not difficult to argue that Samba’s value has already increased significantly.

And he has only taken in six games!

Clean sheets have been secured in four of those outings, with only two goals conceded.

Another shut-out was achieved against Barnsley on Saturday, with Forest collecting another welcome 1-0 win.

Samba was an immovable object throughout that contest.

Mountain

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Whenever the Tykes got a sight of goal, a Congolese man mountain stood in their way.

Sabri Lamouchi said in the Nottingham Post afterwards: “He made some unbelievable saves.

“At 1-0 down, it would be a totally different game. But 1-0 up, they created a lot of chances and Samba did a great job. He had a great game.”

It is not the first time that such an assessment has been made.

Samba has restored a much-needed quality to the Reds’ ranks.

Costel Pantilimon was reliable enough for 18 months, but he never instilled complete confidence in those around him.

When a high ball was floated into the box, there would be a collective holding of breath.

That is no longer the case.

Samba has us covered.

If Michael Dawson or Joe Worrall don’t get you first, then the last line of defence will.

Those three, as much as anybody, are responsible for the new-found optimism on Trentside.

Reliable

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Forest now look reliable at the back.

When was the last time that could be said?

It has been some time since Forest boasted a presence between the sticks that unites opinion.

Many before Samba have divided it.

A hidden gem has been unearthed.

With Samba behind them, the back four can rest a little easier and focus on doing their job.

Nerves are being shredded with less frequency in the stands, with there belief whenever opponents breakthrough that the situation is still under control.

That sense of assurance is contagious.

It sweeps through the side, along the touchline and onto the terraces.

Samba, who is also offering good value on social media, is well on course to becoming a cult hero at the City Ground, and that is something few could have predicted when he rolled into town on August 7.

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