Nottingham Forest fans were hoping to see Jack Colback return to the City Ground over the summer, instead they got Samba Sow.

That has proved to be a useful compromise.

In Sabri Lamouchi we trust!

A man few Reds followers knew much about prior to his arrival has become a fitting alternative to a player of which they knew plenty.

In many ways, Sow could be considered an upgrade.

The Mali international is only a few months older than Colback, so there is little to choose between them there.

He is, however, a more imposing presence at over six feet tall.

Like his predecessor in the Forest engine room, he is not afraid to put his foot in and the dirty work comes naturally to him.

And those qualities were brought to the City Ground for less than it would have cost to raid Newcastle again.

If you believe what you read in The Chronicle, then around £1 million would have been required to free Colback from the final year of his contract at St James’ Park.

Value

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Sow, in contrast, was landed for just £640,000 – so says the Nottingham Post.

Points on the board and money in the bank!

Through two months of the season, Sow has delivered considerable value for money.

He was eased into the fold, but hit the ground running once let off the leash.

Another of those happy to fit the ‘Dogs of War’ mould.

Which is welcome news because Forest need some graft to complement the guile of Joao Carvalho and Co.

Sow is prepared to pick up the slack.

Through his outings to date, he betters the return of Colback over the same period in 2018-19.

Both were/are operating in a Reds side that enjoyed productive bursts out of the blocks.

In fact, Sow is yet to be on the losing side when gracing the famous Garibaldi – having sat out league and cup meetings with West Brom and Arsenal.

When he has been included, his value is clear for all to see.

Eight Championship appearances have been taken in so far, while Colback had nine under his belt at the same stage 12 months ago.

Success

Sow boasts better tackle success (81.98 to 68), has made more blocks (five against two) and completed a greater number of interceptions (19 to 14).

He has created more chances (four versus none) – which highlights another string to his bow – and is better on the ball and driving forward, with his dribble success standing at 61.54 against 33.33.

Sow’s passing accuracy and duel success is a little down on Colback, but only marginally.

The same number of yellow cards (four) have also been picked up, which may prove to be concerning in time.

Colback spent far too much time unavailable through suspension last season and Sow must avoid treading a similar path.

He does, however, need to get stuck in.

There is a fine line to be walked between pushing the boundaries and stepping over them.

A learning curve must take that into account.

It is a case of so far, so good though, with the promise of plenty more to come.

Any cries of ‘Samba who?’ have most definitely been silenced!

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