Whilst Nottingham Forest were busy beating Barnsley at Oakwell, former Reds player Anel Ahmedhodzic was enduring a night to forget in the Champions League.
Malmo were thumped 4-0 by Zenit St Petersburg. To compound the centre-back’s misery though, Ahmedhodzic was sent off eight minutes into the second half.
The youngster is valued at £10 million by the Swedish outfit. He very nearly left the club in the summer, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Lazio and Atalanta all interested.
His sending off last night offered his suitors a reminder that he still has a lot to learn. The 22-year-old lost his head and made for a tricky night for his teammates in Russia.
Since leaving Forest in 2019, Ahmedhodzic has come of age. He has developed into one of Europe’s most sought-after defenders, making 72 appearances for the Malmo first team.
During the current campaign, he has made nine appearances for the club and will remain at Malmo until January at the very least.
Ahmedhodzic left Forest after playing just six minutes for the Reds. He came on in the closing stages of a 3-1 defeat to Newcastle in 2016.
The Swede was in eight other squads but didn’t manage to get on the pitch on those occasions. He departed citing a desire to move closer to his native roots but could be on the move again soon.
Forest will monitor Ahmedhodzic future with intrigue
There’s no indication as to whether or not the Reds hold a sell-on clause on the deal that saw the defender move back to Sweden.
It would be nice if there was but it does seem unlikely. Ahmedhodzic will now likely go for a big sum, with it all set to benefit Malmo.
The youngster came through the Forest academy and seemed set for first-team stardom. One major problem was that a certain Joe Worrall was emerging from the youth ranks at the same time.
Last night, former Forest starlet Ahmedhodzic let his team down and he’ll be keen to make amends.