Any efforts to explain why Brice Samba has created such a stir at Nottingham Forest this season can be summed up in one viewing of THAT save against Leeds.
In a nutshell, that is what the Congolese custodian is all about.
The 25-year-old has been piecing together quite the highlight reel on Trentside this season.
His latest outing at the City Ground did, however, encapsulate what he is all about.
A broad smile never far from his face, cult hero status has been further cemented.
Forest have found the first name on the team sheet that they have been crying out for.
And, according to The Athletic, ticked that box for just €2 million.
Said outlay has been made to look like quite the bargain.
Samba could have been considered to have paid off that investment and more prior to his outing on Saturday.
He is now in the process of stacking up interest.
There had been the odd suggestion of a slight dip before lining up against the Whites, with one clean sheet kept in six outings, but a shutout was secured in style versus fellow promotion hopefuls.
How close can you get?! 😱
Brice Samba produces a HUGE save to deny Liam Cooper’s goalbound header on the goal-line! 😲
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) February 8, 2020
Sabri Lamouchi said in the Nottingham Post of Samba on the back of a stunning 2-0 win: “He is back!
“We lost him for many weeks! I am joking. I told him that because I joked with him also!
“He is part of us, he is a key player.
“When he is focused like that he is very important; very important for the club and for the team.”
Samba was, of course, far from the only Forest player to cover himself in glory against Leeds.
Tyler Walker’s stoppage-time goal was the cherry on the top, but 90-odd minutes of graft baked the tastiest of Championship cakes.
Samba’s biggest contribution came in the second-half with the points still very much up for grabs.
Liam Cooper, left unmarked seven yards out, rose to meet a corner swung over from the left.
The vast majority of those inside the City Ground held their breath.
Groundhog Day all over again.
Work hard to establish a lead, only to see one lapse in concentration undermine those efforts.
Samba had other ideas.
He dropped low to his left, with the ball looping up out of his grasp.
It appeared at first as though a goal-bound header had been spilled and was set to loop agonisingly over the line.
Samba, though, had displayed impressive reflexes and was not done yet.
While sat on his backside, and with Leeds players ready to celebrate, a fist was raised and punched the ball to safety.
Had it crossed the line?
The flag is staying down and the referee has waved play on. Scenes!
A heart in mouth moment for all except one.
Samba is proving himself to be the coolest man on the planet.
That standing applies as much to life off the field as on it, with there seemingly no way to ruffle his feathers.
A happy-go-lucky character is taking life as it comes.
Nerves? What are they?!
Samba positively revels in the spotlight and has become a leading man at the centre of a Nottingham Forest production in 2019-20.
Penalty saves, plucks out of the air, the odd spot of time-wasting and passionate celebrations.
All in a day’s work!