Nuno Da Costa proved to be a bizarre signing when he checked in at Nottingham Forest from Strasbourg back in January 2020.
He would make 10 appearances for the Reds and register just one assist during the second half of the 2019/20.
It was little surprise when the club decided to loan him out in the summer. Da Costa joined Royal Excel Mouscron until the end of the campaign.
The Belgian club do have an option to sign him permanently too and if reports from their media are correct, they’ll be doing all they can to make the deal permanent.
Da Costa bagged his second goal for his new club during a 3-2 win over Sint-Truiden on Tuesday and earned rave reviews.
Nord Eclair described the Cape Verde international as a ‘fulcrum’ in attack and also a ‘fox in the box’.
They also called him a ‘clairvoyant’ on the football pitch and cited how ‘gifted he was.
Da Costa’s only other goal for his new team came in a 4-1 defeat for the struggling outfit.
Mouscron are unbeaten in three games now though and with the £1.8 million Da Costa spearheading the attack, there is hope they’ll kick on.
Could Da Costa earn Forest reprieve?
Being totally honest, no.
Forest have enjoyed some success with overseas recruitment in recent seasons.
Yuri Ribeiro, Samba Sow, Brice Samba, Tiago Silva, Joao Carvalho and Tobias Figueiredo have all enjoyed some successful moments.
Da Costa falls into the other bracket, however, of a player who quite simply could really cope with the demands of the Championship.
If Mouscron hold an option to sign the player permanently then Forest should accept whatever they are prepared to offer.
Chris Hughton will probably want to sign a few players of his own and handing the Cape Verdian a reprieve makes little sense.