John Bostock proved a very likeable player in last season’s Nottingham Forest squad even if Sabri Lamouchi did badly undervalue him.
The 28-year-old was an intriguing signing when he checked in on a season-long loan from Toulouse in August 2019.
Bostock was very highly-rated as a youngster, catching the eye at Crystal Palace and earning a big move to Tottenham Hotspur.
The central midfielder played four times at Spurs before embarking on a period which saw him play for plenty of clubs in plenty of different countries.
He spent time in Turkey, Belgium, Canada and France before finding his way back to English football with Forest last season.
Bizarrely, Lamouchi didn’t seem to fancy Bostock from the outset.
He played during a 1-1 draw against Charlton and produced his best performance for the club during a 3-0 win over Derby County in the Carabao Cup.
Ultimately he featured just six times for Forest, despite always looking useful when called upon.
The situation with Bostock will remain a mystery to those of a Forest persuasion, with plenty feeling he deserved more of a chance.
Some wouldn’t have been completely against the dynamic midfielder being signed permanently by the club at the end his loan.
Jack Colback and Fouad Bachirou were signed in the summer and although the ex-Newcastle man is starting to come good, Bachirou is on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.
It may sound harsh on the man signed from Malmo, but Bostock would have been a proven performer who showcased his ability to play in the Championship.
With Chris Hughton busy trying to find the perfect formula for his midfield, supporters might wonder how Bostock might fit into the current team.
The ex-Spurs talent is capable of playing in a number of midfield roles and always gave maximum effort.
He was comfortable on the ball, read the game exceptionally well and wasn’t afraid to stick his foot in defensively.
Bostock is yet to fix himself up with a new club and that does seem surprising.
Forest do have a plethora of talent at their disposal but the club might have missed a trick by not re-signing the midfielder.