When Nottingham Forest allowed Nuno Da Costa to head to Royal Excel Mouscron in the summer, it was deemed a massive blemish on the recruitment team.

He had only checked in during the January 2020 transfer window, yet less than eight months later he was clearing out his City Ground locker.

Forest signed him from Strasbourg in a deal that wasn’t overly welcome. The Reds were nicely poised for a tilt at promotion and proven quality was required.

It didn’t come, with Da Costa signed for £1.8 million from Strasbourg to supposedly bolster the attacking ranks.

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He managed just 13 appearances for Forest and in truth he never came close to scoring a goal in the Garibaldi.

He did look lively during a couple of games after project restart, winning the Reds a penalty against Preston North End.

Offloading him didn’t come as a surprise to many supporters, however, with plenty extremely pleased to see him head out on loan.

The early prognosis in Belgium was that Forest might have missed a trick. Da Costa bagged five goals in his opening nine appearances for his new club.

Now the 30-year-old is showcasing exactly the sort of form that led to Forest washing their hands of him.

Struggles

He hasn’t found the net since December 15th when he scored twice during a 2-2 draw with OH Leuven.

It hasn’t been down to a lack of game time either. Da Costa has been playing regularly for his new club – and in his usual centre-forward position.

The player is only on loan in Belgium but his Forest days are almost certainly numbered.

Certain signings from overseas have worked. Brice Samba, Yuri Ribeiro, Samba Sow, Tiago Silva and Joao Carvalho have all enjoyed some success in recent years.

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Da Costa hasn’t had the desired effect, however, and Forest need to move on from these type of additions in the future.

The recruitment team have enough blemishes on their notepad to last a lifetime and improvements are necessary.

Offloading the Cape Verde international permanently and adding some real quality would be a step in the right direction in the summer.

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