Back in 2019, Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for highly-rated Northern Ireland international, Gavin Whyte.

The Belfast Telegraph claimed that Martin O’Neill was readying a £2 million bid for the Oxford United youngster.

Forest made a change in the dugout before O’Neill really got a chance to sign players, however.

As a result, Forest lost out to Cardiff City in the race to complete the signing of the talented winger.

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Neil Warnock, the manager of the Bluebirds at the time, parted with the cash and took the player to Wales.

Some fans believed that the youngster would have been a shrewd addition and a step in the right direction as far as recruitment went.

Fast forward two years, however, and Whyte is yet to really start fulfilling his potential.

Last season he started 15 times for Cardiff, making just two goal contributions in the process.

Neil Harris arriving at the Cardiff City Stadium has coincided with him falling firmly down the pecking order.

 

He has played just 100 minutes this season and yesterday was shipped out on loan to Hull City in League One.

It hands Whyte a chance to kick-start his development in a division that originally earned him a Championship move.

During the 2018/19 campaign, he fired nine goals and registered seven assists, helping Oxford to a mid-table finish.

Have Forest had a lucky escape?

It certainly looks that way at this moment in time.

Cardiff parted with £2 million and gave the youngster a four-year deal, yet now he finds himself on loan in League One.

At 24 there is time on his side but it does seem as though the Bluebirds might live to regret their decision.

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It offers a reminder that every deal in football is fraught with risk.

Whether they are signed from the lower leagues in England or foreign imports from overseas, the risks are still evident.

It will be interesting to see whether Whyte can get back in the goals at Hull, or whether he becomes a flash in the pan.

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