It appears that the selection battle for one particular starting berth at Nottingham Forest boils down to Albert Adomah versus Sammy Ameobi.

In the eyes of Sabri Lamouchi, it is either or.

Which is fair enough given the qualities that each brings to the table.

They are, first and foremost, widemen who feel most at home on the flanks.

Both possess the creativity and ability to pick the tightest of defensive locks.

Adomah, though, is more sprightly and energetic while Ameobi adds physicality and brute strength.

There is a case for arguing that more of the former is required.

Lamouchi favoured that approach early on in 2019-20.

Fresh from being snapped up as a free agent over the summer, Adomah was given a chance to impress out of the blocks.

He saw the first whistle against West Brom and Leeds, before then dropping out of the side.


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The 31-year-old has started one Championship game since a trip to Elland Road on August 10 – the 1-0 win away at Swansea.

He was included from the off in Carabo Cup ties with Derby and Arsenal, but operated as a central striker in the latter of those clashes.

That is not his position or where he will deliver his best.

Ameobi, in contrast, has taken full ownership of his shirt since forcing his way into contention.

Eye-catching showings off the bench – particularly in West Yorkshire – earned him his chance.

Few arguments were offered against that at the time, but has he made the most of his opportunities?

A Man of the Match award was collected in the 3-2 victory over Stoke, but it would have been little surprise to see him hauled off at the interval in that fixture and miss out on the chance to find the target.

The 27-year-old remains a useful asset, but is he best used as an impact option off the bench?

He has shown that he can be a super sub.

His height and sturdy frame may be better introduced against tiring legs or when Plan B is required in the final third.

He could even be thrown on in a more central role to provide assistance to Lewis Grabban – with Forest missing a ‘target’ up top since the departure of Daryl Murphy.

Adomah, meanwhile, needs to be given the chance to play his way into games.

His is a skill set which requires momentum and belief to be established.

Cameo outings are denying him that chance, with it necessary for him to hit the ground running.



If selected from the start, the former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa man can work his way into the game, sound out opponents and piece together a plan of attack.

He knows all about life in the second and how to get out of it, with it important to buy into that expertise.

Adomah is also out-performing Ameobi in several areas despite being his understudy.

He has more goals to his name (two against one), better conversion rate (40 v 12.5), has created twice as many chances for others (12 to six) and has the same number of assists (one apiece).

Adomah’s passing accuracy is better (76.36 v 68.35) – with ball retention an obvious issue for Ameobi at times – is more accurate with crosses (27.27 against 14.29) and enjoys greater dribble success (62.5 to 48.48).

An obvious argument is there to be made.

And this is no slight on Ameobi, with there still plenty that he can offer, it is merely trying to find potential areas of improvement in a system which has been pretty faultless to this point.

Lamouchi can, of course, argue that Adomah is thriving in the role he currently enjoys.

There may, however, be even more that can be eked out of him were he to be given more of a regular run.

Rotation is very much part of modern football and it may be that the pack is worth shuffling again before reassessing a little further down the (touch)line.

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