Nottingham Forest were forced to wave goodbye to Ben Watson at the end of the 2019/20 campaign – despite the player enjoying a tremendous season.
The man who captained the Reds on 30 occasions during the last campaign was keen to head south again following the end of his contract.
Watson chose to sign for Charlton Athletic and as Forest try and replace his influence in their team, the 35-year-old is already pulling the strings at The Valley.
The ex-Watford midfielder played in all but one of Forest’s games last year and to some he was considered a Player of the Year contender.
Watson wasn’t given a send-off by the club on their website and to some that was deemed inconsiderate given his efforts on the field last season.
Now, he’s proving a pivotal part of Lee Bowyer’s team and after a difficult start they are flying up the League One table.
Watson has played six times for his new club and after losing 2-0 to Lincoln on his debut, the Addicks have won four and drawn one of the next five without conceding a goal.
Clearly the former Reds midfielder has settled quickly under Bowyer’s watch and is showing that he can still do a decent job.
Although Forest were powerless when it came to keeping Watson, it doesn’t mean the team doesn’t miss him.
The experienced player kept the Reds organised last season, whilst also got things moving quickly in transition; with Watson boasting an array of passing quality.
A midfielder who held himself with tremendous professionalism during three years at the City Ground, supporters will surely be delighted to see him doing so well in the capital.
For Forest, the quest goes on for someone to step into the breach to replace him.