Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi was certainly busy in this summer’s transfer market after he replaced Martin O’Neill as the club’s manager in June.
In order to bring in some of his own targets, the Reds had to shift a number of other players out of the squad. There’s no doubt that Lamouchi does seem to have considerably improved the squad this summer, despite the huge number of changes.
One player who was perhaps unsurprisingly offloaded was Hillal Soudani. Despite Lamouchi not having a host of striking options at his disposal, he was allowed to move to Evangelos Marinakis’ other footballing project at Olympiacos in Greece.
The 31-year-old left the City Ground after less than a year, signing for the Greek Super League side for an undisclosed fee (BBC Sport).
His 2019/20 season has got off to a decent start at club level, scoring twice in his first four appearances in the Greek Super League for his new employers. He’ll be hopeful that he can stay fit for the entirety of this season.
It’s fair to say that the 31-year-old endured a frustrating spell on Trentside. Having arrived from Dinamo Zagreb for £2.7 million (Nottinghamshire Live), he only played eight games in all competitions, scoring just two goals for the Reds.
Therefore, he has already scored as many goals this season for Olympiacos as he did in the entirety of last season for the Reds.
That being said, Soudani did show glimpses of quality during his time at the City Ground. It was mainly his struggles with injury which prevented him from making a real impact for the Reds.
Given the lack of competition for Lewis Grabban, it’s understandable that some supporters may feel letting Soudani go was a mistake.
Rafa Mir has shown little to suggest he is capable of offering much competition to Grabban since arriving from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan in the summer.
It’ll be interesting to see whether letting the likes of Soudani, Karim Ansarifard and Tyler Walker (loan) leave this summer does come back to bite the Reds before January.