Sammy Ameobi is something of an enigma, but could he be playing his way towards an extended stay at Nottingham Forest?

Given the game time he is seeing, you have to assume that is the case.

The 27-year-old has figured in all 15 of the Reds’ Championship games this season.

He has started 11 of those fixtures, seeing 967 minutes in total.

Only six players have seen more.

And they are all considered to be integral to the cause – Joe Worrall, Ben Watson, Lewis Grabban, Matty Cash, Joe Lolley and Brice Samba.

He has two goals and an assist to his name and is clearly a favoured option of Sabri Lamouchi.

Direct competition comes in the form of Albert Adomah.

The former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa winger has twice won promotion to the Premier League.

Ameobi suffered relegation out of the Championship last season as part of the sporting car crash which was Bolton Wanderers.

Contribution

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He has wasted little time in proving that he can make an impact going the other way.

Despite there being questions of his overall contribution.

There is no doubting his ability on the ball or physical presence.

Ameobi has, however, struggled for consistency throughout his career to date.

He is capable of producing the sublime and ridiculous – sometimes within a matter of seconds.

In some ways, that is a redeeming quality.

How can opponents predict what is to come when the man himself often has no idea?!

For Forest, Ameobi has become an ace up the sleeve.

A mercurial presence that can be relied upon to work hard for the collective cause while offering the threat of a moment of magic.

It could be that his efforts land him fresh terms sooner rather than later.

Gamble

 

As things stand, he is tied to the Reds until the summer of 2020.

He was a calculated gamble during the last window, with only 12 months put to him when freed from an agreement at Bolton.

Ameobi was presented with the challenge of proving himself deserving of an extension.

He has fared admirably enough in that quest so far.

The only question would appear to be what the long-term plans are at the City Ground.

Does Ameobi’s face fit in that bigger picture or was he always intended to be a stopgap?

With promotion the ultimate aim, will reinforcements be sought in wide areas?

And if another aerial threat is pursued in the final third, will that lead the Reds towards a more reliable option?

All questions for another day.

For now, all Ameobi can do is continue to put his name in the frame and wait to discover whether a call comes in regarding contract talks.

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