Nottingham Forest are languishing tantalisingly close to the Championship relegation zone and despite him not featuring much last season, could the Reds be missing John Bostock?
The midfielder was seen as a relatively decent loan signing when he checked in from Toulouse during the summer of 2019.
An early outing against Derby County in the Carabao Cup seemed to showcase just how important Bostock could prove to be during the 2019/20 campaign.
For whatever reason, former boss Sabri Lamouchi simply chose not to utilise him much at all.
The 28-year-old departed the City Ground at the end of his loan spell having made nine appearances in all competitions.
Just one of those outings came as a start in the Championship though and for a large chunk of the season he wasn’t even on the bench.
Bostock showed more than enough when called upon to suggest that he could become an ace in the pack for the Reds.
The beauty the former Tottenham wonderkid would have provided for Forest this season is versatility.
Bostock proved that he was capable of playing in a holding role and further forward in a conventional No.8 role.
His intelligent style of play often got Forest moving in the right direction and he didn’t hesitate in possession.
Why wasn’t Bostock kept on?
A lack of football might not make it a huge surprise – and who’s to say the midfielder would have returned to a club where he had hardly played.
It was maintained when Lamouchi was in charge, however, that the French boss didn’t necessarily pick the players.
If that is the case the decision not to sign Bostock looks like a pretty foolish one.
Forest have a wealth of midfield options but they all boast similar qualities.
Jack Colback, Ryan Yates, Harry Arter and Samba Sow are all more comfortable when holding a deeper role, breaking up play and keeping things simple.
Cafu is arguably a little bit different but he’s yet to show the same sort of quality that Bostock did.
The former Crystal Palace starlet took risks. Not ones that would cost his team but with an array of passing in his repertoire he wasn’t afraid to try something different.
Forest don’t have single player in midfield capable of fizzing a cross-field ball to a winger to get the team quickly on the attack.
Remarkably Bostock doesn’t have a club at the moment and given their current plight, Forest could do a whole lot worse than offer him a deal of some sort.
Not adding the midfielder to the ranks in the summer looks like another oversight by the club’s recruitment team.