Nottingham Forest have made some truly awful signings in recent memory and Lars Veldwijk is right towards the top of the list.
Stuart Pearce signed the uncompromising striker from Excelsior in 2014. It was a move met with intrigue rather than excitement.
At the time, he was very highly rated and had just scored 35 goals in 45 appearances in the Dutch second tier.
Veldwijk never really got going at Forest. He started a handful of times and left with just a single goal from 17 appearances for the club.
Since leaving the City Ground, he has sought a new home. He has played for KV Kortrijk in Belgium, Aalesund in Norway, FC Groningen and Sparta Rotterdam.
Now, however, he’s found solace in South Korea. Not only that but he’s become something of a goal machine over in Asia! Okay, not quite.
Veldwijk is scoring goals though. He is currently playing for FC Suwon and with one game of the 2021 campaign remaining he has scored 15 times in 31 outings.
In one game against Ulsan Hyundai, he bagged four goals and has been a constant menace to opposition defenders during 2021.
Veldwijk is proving a consistent performer and it’s remarkable that he has seemingly scored everywhere other than Forest!
Veldwijk form will shock Forest fans
Although he will go down as one of the worst strikers to ever play for Forest, he didn’t really get too many chances to showcase his talents.
His dogged style didn’t really make him compatible with the Championship and in the end, Forest had to cut their losses.
The 30-year-old scored just once for the Reds. That striker came in a League Cup victory over Millwall.
It’s fair to say, however, that his time on Trentside won’t live too long in the memory.