Twitter was awash with debate surrounding the departure of Ben Osborn last night, following some comments from the former Nottingham Forest star.
In fairness, his quotes to The Mirror stating that the Sheffield United midfielder was now at a ‘better club’ were taken out of context.
Social media and context don’t always go hand-in-hand, however, and debate has begun with some Reds desperately upset with their former player.
Osborn has now cleared up that he meant the comments in terms of the Blades being in a higher division than Forest, which on the face of it is fair enough.
It’s hard not to offer the 25-year-old some respect. He made 230 appearances for the club and stuck around when the star attractions around him were busy departing.
At the time of his £3 million (Sun) move to Sheffield United, it seemed like a good deal for all parties. Nothing that has happened since then does anything to suggest that isn’t still the case.
Osborn has played just 50 minutes of Premier League football and has failed to make Chris Wilder’s 18-man squad for eight of Sheffield United’s 22 top-flight fixtures.
Meanwhile back at the City Ground, Forest sit fifth in the Sky Bet Championship, having held a place inside the top six for the majority of the season.
It may sound harsh but the Reds only ever flirted with promotion when Osborn was at the club. Forest’s good form of last season under Aitor Karanka coincided with an eight-game unbeaten run in which the academy graduate featured twice as a substitute.
Being totally honest, Forest were never really seriously challenging for a top-six place with Osborn as a first-team regular.
Admittedly he did play alongside a lot of rubbish, but that isn’t really the point.
For some Forest fans, there is a fascination with old players that they can’t let go of. Osborn did a job as a utility man but in reality, he gets nowhere near the current team.
Sabri Lamouchi added players in the summer that are far better. Samba Sow is a better midfielder, whilst Yuri Ribeiro is miles ahead of Osborn at left-back.
The Sheffield United player has moved on and so have Forest.
Osborn might have given fans of a certain age their best ever moment supporting the club with his last-minute winner against Derby but that’s now consigned to the past.
The Reds look better without Osborn and he is now at a Premier League club who are ‘better’ than Forest.
With the club flying in the league, it’s a weird notion that anyone would suggest Osborn is being missed.
A quick glance at the Championship table surely suggests otherwise?