Samba Sow is human after all, but the Nottingham Forest midfielder’s unworldly talent still makes him better than most mere mortals.

The Mali international has been a revelation at the City Ground.

His value to the cause is lost on nobody, with any enforced absence causing widespread panic.

That was the case against Charlton last week.

And for good reason!

Without Sow strolling around putting out fires, the Reds’ engine room burst into flames.

A calming influence was back for a trip to West Brom.

No headlines were stolen by the 30-year-old at The Hawthorns, with Keith Stroud dominating in that department.

Matty Cash also got a look in, but it was the man with the whistle who dominated the spotlight.

Sow is happy to let others hog centre stage.


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His is not a game that lends itself to moments of magic.

A combative presence in the middle of the park is more match-influencer than match-winner.

He has had a say in plenty of memorable outings this season.

Saturday’s trip to the West Midlands is the latest entry on that list.

And one which showed that Sow is capable of taking the rough with the smooth.

The 2019-20 campaign has, when fit, been plain sailing for the former Dynamo Moscow man on the whole.

Spells on the sidelines have been unfortunate and untimely.

When in Sabri Lamouchi’s side, though, Forest tend to fare admirably.

That was the plan against West Brom, with the Reds reverting back to their tried and tested after the rather forgettable experiments versus Charlton.

Sow was asked to be a disruptive figure once more.

A Championship wrecking ball positively revels in such a role.



His eye was – quite literally – taken off the ball, though, late in the first half as the Baggies stole in to tee up Callum Robinson for the opener.

A customary caution was picked up a few minutes later.

Although it must be noted that a card was collected on the back of one of his tamer challenges.

Stroud was watching a different game to everybody else!

Sow, though, was never going to hide.

He continued to stand his ground and go toe-to-toe with table-topping opponents before the pack was shuffled by Lamouchi 20 minutes from time.

A full week of rest now lies in store for the Reds.

Sow, who has nursed the odd knock, can recharge the batteries and hit QPR at full speed on Saturday.

Mark Warburton’s side have been warned!

An uncharacteristic lapse in concentration against West Brom proved that Sow is from this planet, but he has also shown that he is capable of firing Forest towards a top tier galaxy not all that far away.

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