Nottingham Forest star Joe Lolley has heaped praise on midfielder Samba Sow after his recent departure from the City Ground.

The winger posted an emotional message to the midfielder shortly after he was released from his contract.

Sow checked in for £640,000 from Dinamo Moscow and proved a decent addition when called upon.

The problem with the Malian was that staying fit often proved problematic to him.

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Sow has now left the City Ground; Photo; Stephen Pond; Getty Images


He suffered terribly with a number of injuries, although he did manage 42 appearances for the club in two seasons.

Sow was a combative midfielder and particularly during 2019/20 he was really useful under Sabri Lamouchi.

At 32 it will be interesting to see where Sow ends up next. It does seem unlikely that he’ll stay in England, however.

Following his departure from Forest, Lolley took to Instagram to post an emotional farewell to the midfielder.

The jury was out when Sow first checked in, with many supporters unsure whether another foray into the foreign market would pay dividends.

He quickly set about proving supporters wrong. During the first nine games he played for the club, he wasn’t on the losing team once.

Lamouchi saw him as a trusted midfield general and his partnership with Ben Watson proved fruitful.

Will Forest regret Sow departure?

It has to be said that handing him another deal at 32 would have been a massive risk.

It’s hard not to feel sympathy for Sow though. He proved there was some value in the European market and always gave his all.

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Lolley picked up an injry towards the end of last season; Photo; James Williamson; AMA; Getty Images

His physical style often saw him win a place in the referee’s notebook – but it also saw the Forest fans warm to him.

Lolley’s message on Instagram is perhaps an indication of how highly rated he was among his teammates.

Despite that, it would have been too much of a risk to give him a new deal and Forest were right to let him go.

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