Nottingham Forest finally washed their hands of misfiring striker Apostolos Vellios during the summer when he signed a permanent deal at Atromitos in Greece.

The Reds forward failed to scale the heights that his initial form promised at the City Ground, with Sabri Lamouchi the man to finally bring the curtain down on his Forest career.

Vellios arrived in Nottingham for £1 million (BBC Sport) back in 2016 from Iraklis. During his time with the Greek side, he netted 17 goals and led them into the Europa League qualifying rounds.

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Upon his arrival in the Championship, the early signs were that Vellios might prove a decent acquisition.

In 12 starts during the 2016/17 campaign, he netted six goals and scored some absolutely tremendous strikes for the club. Particular highlights were a long-range effort against Aston Villa to open his account and a bicycle kick in a 2-2 draw against Rotherham United.

Sadly for Vellios, however, he had a knack of scoring great goals but was found wanting when it came to being a great goalscorer. His strikes were all too infrequent and too many games passed him by without impact.

Prior to the 2017/18 campaign, Vellios shone in pre-season. He netted twice against Mansfield and one in games against Notts County and Girona.

Mark Warburton didn’t fancy him, however, failing to include him in any of his squads following an opening day win over Millwall.

At the start of last season, he was loaned out. Belgian top-flight outfit Waasland-Beveren took a chance on him and the loan spell proved indifferent.

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He netted four goals in 17 appearances but spent a large chunk of the season training with the club’s development squad after falling down the pecking order.

Now with Atromitos back in his home nation, Vellios would appear to have finally rediscovered some sort of form.

The 27-year-old has settled down well at his new club. In seven first-team appearances, he has four goals and is playing something remotely resembling his best football.


The application of the target man was never in question during his time at Forest. He proved a hardworking performer who consistently gave his all for the club when called upon.

That simply isn’t enough these days, however, and quality-wise Vellios was always found somewhat lacking.

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Not too many Forest fans would begrudge him getting settled at a new club though and he could be on for a really good season if he continues his current scoring ratio.

If Vellios had played more then he might have found his feet at Forest. There was always the notion, however, that he didn’t quite have what it takes to be a complete success at Championship level.

The Greek top-flight is probably more suited to his style of play and it comes as little surprise that he is scoring pretty regular goals in that division.

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