Nottingham Forest owned forward Nuno Da Costa has told France Bleu that he would welcome a City Ground reprieve.
The 30-year-old is currently on loan with Ligue 2 outfit SM Caen where he will spend the 2021/22 campaign.
Da Costa spent last season with Royal Excel Mouscron and scored six times during 25 appearances for the Belgian outfit.
The striker hasn’t really made the grade in England. He’s played 14 times for Forest and has registered just one assist.
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He hasn’t tasted the sweet success of scoring a goal for Forest but he believes that Steve Cooper could be the ideal manager for him.
Da Costa told France Bleu: “I wouldn’t mind. I know that there was another change of coach (Steve Cooper) after my departure.
“We didn’t have the opportunity to talk to each other but his philosophy tends more towards what I expected from my profile. Why not?
“Competition is something that does not scare me. I know that there are experienced forwards and inevitably I have – I think – the advantage of being a little younger than them.”
Cooper must refrain from giving Da Costa another Forest chance
Da Costa might fancy another chance at Forest but he absolutely shouldn’t get one.
In 14 outings for the Reds, it can be counted on a couple of fingers the number of times he has actually made a positive impact.
For all of his effort and endeavour, there isn’t a lot of quality when it comes to Da Costa.
That may sound harsh but Forest have to move on from players who simply turn up once every now and again.
Cooper is renowned for getting the very best out of younger players and the Cape Verde international doesn’t fit that bill.
Da Costa is a signing that should be consigned under the file marked ‘miss’. With that in mind, offloading him permanently in the near future makes a lot of sense.