Brice Samba has landed the PFA Championship Player of the Month award for November and warned Nottingham Forest’s rivals that this is “just the beginning”.

The commanding goalkeeper was one of two Reds in the running for a prestigious prize.

Matty Cash joined him on the six-man shortlist after enjoying a fine month himself.

Samba’s showings between the sticks were, however, to see him top a fan poll.

The Congolese has quickly been taken into the hearts of those on Trentside.

Forest have been crying out for a reassuring presence as their last line of defence, and now have one.

Across November, Samba took in five appearances.

Sabri Lamouchi’s side collected 10 points from those outings – three wins, a draw and a defeat.

Presence

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Three clean sheets were also secured, including one notable shutout against Derby at the City Ground.

Samba’s presence contributed significantly to the Reds keeping themselves in the play-off pack.

The hope is that there will be even more to come.

There is still the threat of a ban hanging over Samba – as he sits on four yellow cards – but he only has to see out Friday night’s trip to Millwall before reaching the five-caution cut-off point.

Forest will head to The Den looking to make amends for the 1-0 defeat against Cardiff last time out.

And Samba has taken the lead by sounding an ominous warning to the rest of the second tier.

For him, just a few months into a productive spell in England, he is just getting started.

It is safe to assume that Samba’s mindset is shared by those around him.

Forest have waited a long time to put themselves back in contention for a return to the Premier League.

Getting all of the right pieces in place has proved tricky over the last 20 years.

They certainly appear to have found the right solution as first name on the team sheet.

Bargain

 

Samba has already been lauded as the finest keeper in the Championship, with his summer acquisition proving to be quite the bargain.

The latest show of recognition to have come his way has served to fuel the claims of those that the 25-year-old is heading right to the very top.

Samba is considered to be an “absolute beast”, with Forest fans quick to offer their congratulations are seeing Samba add a notable award to his mantelpiece.

Along with Forest team-mate Cash, Samba saw off the challenge of Hull City’s in-form winger Jarrod Bowen to land the November prize.

West Brom defender Kyle Barley was also in the mix, alongside Fulham striker Aleksander Mitrovic and Millwall playmaker Jed Wallace.

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