It was an evening to forget for Nottingham Forest owned defender Nicholas Ioannou last night as he turned out of for Cyprus.

He played the full 90 minutes as his nation were thrashed 4-0 by Ukraine ahead of their foray into Euro 2020.

Ioannou collected his 27th cap and lined up as a left-sided central defender in a system which deployed three centre-backs.

It’s fair to say it didn’t go according to plan. The Cypriots were put to the sword thanks to some devastating finishing.

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Ioannou in action for Forest; Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images

Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko scored, whilst West Ham player Andriy Yarmolenko netted a brace.

Roman Yarmchuk also bagged to cap a miserable night for Ioannou.

The defender finished 2020/21 on loan with Aris in Greece. He played 10 times for the club, scoring one goal.

The burly defender only signed for Forest during the summer transfer window and quickly got himself into the team.

He made five appearances for the Reds but quickly annoyed Chris Hughton.

 

After a red card during a 1-1 draw at Luton, he wasn’t seen in a red shirt again and was moved on in January.

Now, his City Ground future looks bleak. According to 24 Sports, several clubs are keen to take him this summer.

Forest have to offload Ioannou this summer – and learn from mistake

The Reds still have plenty of surplus to rid themselves off and that includes Ioannou.

Not only should Forest work hard to get rid of him but they must also learn from their mistake.

Signing him always seemed somewhat strange. The ex-Manchester United trainee never really looked good enough and Hughton moved him on quickly.

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Forest will try and move Ioannou on this summer; Photo; Jimmy Bolcina; Photonews; Getty Images

Forest do find themselves in need of a left-back. Yuri Ribeiro has departed on a free, whilst Tyler Blackett has struggled to stay fit.

Ioannou’s ability to move into central defence does add another string to his bow, although he wasn’t in the best of form last night.

The 25-year-old goes down as another blemish on the club’s recruitment team. With that in mind, they have to learn from past mistakes this simmer.

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