It’s a year to the day since Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu.
The Reds were linked with a move shortly after the transfer deadline had passed, with Forest keen to take him on loan.
Atsu had fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park and was available to leave the club.
In the end, the Reds didn’t get their man. They looked at other options and the Newcastle man stayed on the sidelines in the Premier League.
Looking back at Forest fancying Atsu, it would now seem as though they got a lucky escape with regards to the ex-Chelsea man.
Atsu is well travelled. He lists Bournemouth, Everton, the Blues and Newcastle as his clubs in England.
The 29-year-old has also played for Porto, Rio Ave, Vitesse Arnhem and Malaga.
As a result, he seems to fit the profile of an overseas player who Forest had become accustomed to signing under Ioannis Vrentzos!
This time Forest were savvy though and certain people at the club might be breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Waste of money: Forest were wise not to land Atsu
The Ghanian’s record in England is hardly glowing. He’s struggled for consistency wherever he has played, with goals and assists in short supply.
Atsu was earning £32,000-a-week at St James’ Park and clearly, that was a factor in Forest not signing him.
In July, the man with 60 caps for his country finally left Newcastle to join Saudi side Al-Raed.
That move has hardly taken off and he’s managed just one appearance in the Professional League, failing to make the squad in four of the club’s seven games this season.
Forest have come unstuck with certain signings in recent memory.
Thankfully, with Atsu they chose not to land a player who is clearly on the decline and that has to go down as a small win.