During the summer of 2020, Nottingham Forest completed the signing of Miguel Angel Guerrero from Olympiacos.
It would go down as a particularly bizarre signing and right now it looks truly strange that Forest ended up with the Spaniard.
He checked in at the City Ground on the back of 62 appearances for the Greek champions. He found the net 16 times and claimed five assists.
Guerrero never really adapted at Forest. Although not every overseas import should be tarnished with the same brush, more often than not, the Reds pick the bad ones.
The 31-year-old made 11 appearances for the Reds, without scoring or registering a single assist for the club.
He lasted just four months and was packed off to Rayo Vallecano who were then of the Spanish second tier.
The talisman was a peripheral member of the squad as they won promotion, scoring a single goal.
Now, he is on loan with La Liga 2 outfit UD Ibiza and he’s been without a goal since February when he scored in a 1-1 draw for Rayo Vallecano against Ponferradina.
This term he has played just 76 minutes of action; failing to make it off the bench in four Ibiza fixtures.
Forest have to learn lessons from signings like Guerrero
Ioannis Vrentzos has a lot to answer for. The deal for Guerrero won’t live long in the memory of many Forest fans – even if it may have made the Reds a slight profit.
Thankfully, Forest now have Dane Murphy overseeing things in the boardroom and that should bring a change in strategy.
Guerrero rarely looked like holding down a regular place in the Forest team and was often used as a substitute.
The player’s form since leaving the City Ground makes Forest’s decision all the more strange and lessons have to be learned.