Some of Nottingham Forest’s summer signings have flattered to deceive and none more so than midfielder Harry Arter.
The midfielder was one of the more eye-catching additions during a summer transfer window that reaped 14 new signing.
He was largely impressive during a 1-0 win for Fulham at the City Ground in July and just a few months later he helped the Cottagers to promotion.
With that in mind, he looked like a coup for Forest when he was added during the summer transfer window.
His move has looked anything but a dream, however, with Arter either missing through injury or ultimately, missing in action.
On current form, it’s starting to become somewhat clear as to why Bournemouth, in the same division as Forest, were willing to let him leave during the transfer window.
Last season, Arter was a regular in Scott Parker’s team, playing alongside Harrison Reed who provided the youthful exuberance.
There is an argument that in Ryan Yates, Forest have also paired Arter with a youthful, energetic option. Sadly, at this stage in his career, however, Yates isn’t the highly-rated Reed.
Arter was viewed as a player who could be a driving force in midfield – a player to start attacks and get Forest on the front foot. So far, he’s not really fit that billing well at all.
According to Who Scored, Arter is 11th on a list of Forest’s best passes, attempting just 340 from his 12 appearances.
He’s not really proved his worth in a defensive sense either, making just five interceptions all season. For context, Jack Colback, the man blamed for Forest’s midfield issues prior to his injury, is second on that list with 27 for the season. Cyrus Christie sits top on 32.
In fact, the only list of any statistic on Who Scored where Arter sits in the top five is when it comes to adding up cautions. His three are bettered only by Tobias Figueiredo who will now serve a suspension after collecting his fifth on Saturday.
As the likes of Colback, Christie and Anthony Knockaert take a lot of the criticism for supposedly not being ‘good enough’, Arter seems to be getting a free ride.
And why? Is it because he scored a great goal against us some months ago, are we determined to cut him some flak because of his injuries, or is it merely blind optimism.
However you want to dress it up, at this stage, Arter is proving a problem to Forest with his below-par performances.
He has looked anything but a player with 92 Premier League appearances to his name and one who has represented the Republic of Ireland 17 times.
Arter has been sloppy, looked disinterested and often way off the pace as Forest toil in 21st place in the Championship.
As an experienced member of the squad he more than anyone should be stepping up to lead a group of fear ridden players out of this latest storm.
For now, the jury remains out on the summer signing of Arter.