Another day, another nod for Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba when it comes to award nominations.

The Congolese is making quite a habit of earning individual recognition.

Which is to be expected given the contribution he has made to collective efforts at the City Ground.

The latest prize he will be hoping to land is the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month gong.

Samba has already added the PFA prize for November to his mantelpiece.

He stated on the back of that success that he considered such acclaim to be “just the beginning”.

An immediate opportunity has presented itself to back up that ambition.

This time, though, there is no chance for Forest fans to throw their weight behind Samba’s cause.

When it comes to the official EFL awards, a judging panel selects the winner.


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And given the identity of one of the judges, Samba maybe shouldn’t get his hopes hope.

One Mr Don Goodman will be running a rule over the runners and riders.

Taking his punditry and commentary duties into account, the former frontman does not appear to be the biggest supporter of all things Forest.

Any opportunity to aim a sly dig at the Reds is seemingly snapped up.

Samba, though, must surely have caught his eye over recent showings.

In November, the commanding custodian helped Forest to three wins and a draw from five games.

Three clean sheets were added to his tally, including one in a meeting with Derby.

Stock has continued to rise when it comes to the talented 25-year-old, with a place comfortably secured in the hearts of the City Ground faithful.

Sky Bet’s assessment of his outings in November reads: “Unorthodox, yet his effectiveness can truly be gauged from the goals against column.

“Conceded just two goals in five games. Always alert to come for crosses, he also produced a superb one-handed stop against rivals Derby.”



It remains to be seen whether any of those efforts figure on Goodman’s crib sheet.

Probably not.

EFL Communications director Mark Rowan and Sky Bet EFL Trader Ivor Davies will also get a say.

Maybe their votes will hold more weight.

Whatever the outcome, though, Samba needs no further talking up in the eyes of Forest fans.

His summer acquisition has proved to be quite the bargain.

A reliable last line of defence has been found, with confidence flowing from the back to front.

Another piece of silverware would be nice, but is hardly a priority in the grand scheme of things and Sabri Lamouchi’s men continue to have regular representation in Teams of the Week – which is another marker of the progress being made.

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