Brice Samba is proving to be quite the bargain for Nottingham Forest, with it safe to assume that his valuation has rocketed since arriving at the City Ground.

Few knew what to expect when the Congolese was snapped up by Sabri Lamouchi.

We need not have worried.

In Sabri, and now Samba, we trust.

The 25-year-old has been a revelation between the sticks.

As his manager has been in the dugout.

Forest have been crying out for stability and security in a key position for several years.

You have to turn the clock back quite some way to find a custodian that has proved as popular as Samba.

Plenty have been solid enough.

Dorus de Vries, Paul Smith, Paul Gerrard, Darren Ward, Dave Beasant, Mark Crossley et al in the modern era.

Confidence

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Few, though, have inspired confidence like Samba.

At present, you expect the former Caen star to keep everything out.

As opponents break through, there is no collective holding of breath or hands planted on faces.

If Samba can’t save us, then nobody can!

That was the case again when Derby rolled into town on Saturday.

The Rams had a few early sighters, but could find no way through.

Samba’s stop to keep out Tom Lawrence was, yet again, top drawer.

And the sight of him celebrating in a similar manner to those charged with finding the target at the opposite end of the field was most welcome.

He positively revels in doing his job.

With a smile never far from his face.

Value

 

And to think that Forest – according to The Athletic – snapped him up for just €2 million!

In terms of value for money, you will struggle to find better during the last transfer window.

It is not difficult to argue that Samba has already repaid the faith shown in him.

So what could he be worth now?

Forest are not selling, and won’t be any time soon after tying Samba to a four-year contract.

It is, though, intriguing to consider what he could generate in what is generally an inflated market.

Or what he could be worth in the future given some of the fees now generated by goalkeepers.

Fortunately, that is not something we have to worry about.

For now, as far as Forest are concerned, Samba has no price on his head.

He is price-less!

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