With 14 games of the current Championship campaign now completed, it gives Nottingham Forest chance to take stock of where they are.

During the summer months, the Reds did some business which raised eyebrows and not necessarily in a good way.

Several new recruits were added from overseas, with the vast majority of them arriving as unknown quantities to English football supporters.

With just over a quarter of the campaign gone those cynics have retreated, however, given the impact made by most of the club’s new recruits.

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Samba Sow has been colossal, Yuri Ribeiro has looked like a quality freebie and Tiago Silva is now starting to dazzle the City Ground faithful.

One of the main reasons for many people passing negative comments was that the club made the decision to offload a couple of proven Championship performers.

Jack Colback returned to Newcastle after his loan, Adelene Guedioura moved to Kuwait and Ben Osborn was allowed to join Sheffield United for £3.5 million (Nottinghamshire Live).

 

It was the departure of Osborn that perhaps caused the most concern to some supporters.

Determined

The 25-year-old was Forest’s utility man. A jack of all trades, master of none who had made 230 appearances for the club under a plethora of different managers over the years.

Osborn did jobs in central midfield, at left-back and on the left-wing during his six years playing first-team football.

Make no bones about it, the Derby-born player never let anyone down. Given his service to the club, he left with best wishes from the majority of the club’s supporters.

Nottingham Forest; Ben Osborn – (Photo by Jon Hobley/ MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Forest haven’t missed him though and Osborn’s dream move to the Premier League has quickly turned into a bit of a nightmare.

The ex-Red has played just 13 minutes of Premier League football alongside two full appearances in the EFL Cup.

Osborn hasn’t played a single minute of football since his last showing in the EFL Cup – a defeat to League One outfit Sunderland. He hasn’t even made it onto the bench for the last four league games, with the Blades securing two wins and two draws to sit fifth in the Premier League.

Forest are also starting to thrive. Sabri Lamouchi’s men are also sitting pretty in the league and even if Osborn was still at the City Ground, it’s a fair comment that he’d struggle to get into the team.

Good business

At present just one square peg is being utilised in a round hole. Matty Cash’s performances at right-back, however, haven’t been of a player who isn’t natural in that position.

Lots of supporters said the move was a good one for all parties and after just over a quarter of the season that certainly looks to be the case from a Forest point of view.

There is maybe a sense of frustration from Osborn’s point of view, however, that the club is flying in his absence.

Ben Osborn; Nottingham Forest – (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

One of the academy graduate’s biggest frustrations will almost certainly be that he couldn’t help the club he grew up at into the Premier League.

As Forest now thrive, Osborn’s career has currently stalled and he will hope that first-team football is forthcoming at Bramall Lane, sooner rather than later.

 

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