During the summer transfer window, Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Accrington striker Dion Charles.
Nothing came to fruition though and now he’s on the fringes of the Stanley team; with boss John Coleman fuming with his star man.
Charles attracted interest following a quality 2020/21 campaign. Forest are Derby were both keen on the player who scored 20 times during 49 appearances.
Charles started six of the first seven games this season but was left out of a 4-1 defeat to Wigan sparking speculation.
The striker hasn’t featured for a month in the red of Accrington, with Coleman hinting at an issue.
He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Dion needs to realise it’s a two-way process football. We have given him a massive lift-up into his career and he has got to show commitment to the club. At this moment in time, he’s not.”
Charles is likely to have some interest remain in his services when January comes around.
The fact he’s not playing any football does represent a cause for concern though and he’ll want the situation resolved.
Will Forest return for Charles?
It does seem unlikely. The talisman has never played any higher than League One and perhaps Steve Cooper and Dane Murphy will have some other irons in the fire.
Charles is 26 now and although he was in fine form last season, signing him would come with an element of risk.
He’s likely to have played very little football by the time January comes around and even at £700,000, clubs will want a striker who can hit the ground running.
That man might not be Charles. He perhaps also offers something similar to Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor and as a result, Forest might go for a different option.
It will be interesting, however, to see if Charles ends up elsewhere in the Championship.