Sammy Ameobi is not everyone’s cup of tea, but a man acquired as a free agent in the summer of 2019 is creating quite the brew at Nottingham Forest.
An enigmatic talent was at his mercurial best once again during a meeting with West Brom.
Said outing at The Hawthorns showcased what the languid winger is all about.
Sure, there was the odd heavy touch and misplaced pass.
We are in the middle of February and have grown accustomed to what Ameobi brings to the table.
He is a performer that can amaze and frustrate in equal measure.
Both boxes were ticked again in the West Midlands.
From collective pulling out of hair one minute, to standing and applauding the next – welcome to the wonderful world of Ameobi.
Against the Baggies, he was unfortunate not to add another entry to his collection of assists for 2019-20.
Own goals rather scupper those plans.
It was, however, a stunning cross from Ameobi which forced Kyle Bartley to put through his own net.
If he hadn’t done, Lewis Grabban was on hand to do the honours.
Ameobi gets no statistical reward for forcing the issue.
He deserves another pat on the back though.
His efforts against West Brom came a week after opening the scoring in a 2-0 victory over Leeds.
Two telling contributions against the top two in the division.
You can’t ask for much more than that.
Greater consistency would, admittedly, be nice.
You are, however, always going to struggle in that department when it comes to players of Ameobi’s ilk.
The element of surprise is what they are all about.
We are not talking creative No.10s or out-and-out goalscorers here, there is no expectation loaded onto Ameobi’s broad shoulders.
Having been acquired for nothing, he arguably had little to prove.
He will, however, have wanted to do himself justice and play his way into contention for fresh terms beyond an initial 12-month deal.
It would be a surprise if talks are not being planned – if not already been held.
Three goals and five assists – with the West Brom game also being taken into account – is a decent return.
Only Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley have been involved in the ball finding the back of the net on more occasions for Forest this season.
When he doesn’t play, he is missed.
And that is arguably the best measuring stick of any player’s value.
Ameobi was absent for the forgettable showing against Charlton.
He returned to the fold to help raise standards considerably versus West Brom.
It remains to be seen what the long-term future holds for both him and Forest, but for now doubters continue to be turned into believers.