Richie Laryea is unlikely to start for Nottingham Forest this weekend. Based on what happened the last time he met Wayne Rooney, however, supporters might be hoping he does get on the pitch!
The Canadian checked in at the City Ground almost a fortnight ago. He penned a City Ground contract having decided not to sign an extension with Toronto FC in the MLS.
At 27, he’s got an abundance of experience and clearly felt the time was right to flee the nest and fulfil his European dream.
Laryea was a fan favourite with Toronto. His energetic performances and ability to get forward excited the fan base and they’re sorry to see him go.
The 22-time international has experience of coming up against Derby boss Rooney previously.
Back during the 2019 MLS play-offs, Laryea came on as a substitute and grabbed a goal as Toronto thrashed DC United 5-1.
Rooney played upfront for the away side that night and captained the side as they were handed a real mauling by the Canadian outfit.
Laryea wasn’t known for his goals and scored just nine from 83 appearances during his time with Toronto. He’s also scored one for the Canada national team.
What part will Laryea play for Forest this season?
In the short term it seems likely he will be a backup option. He typically operates as a right-back and there is no chance of Djed Spence being dropped any time soon.
If Max Lowe continues to struggle with injury on the left, he could become a makeshift option on that side. Jack Colback has played well when deputising there, however.
There will be a small settling in period, however. The Championship is a tougher league than the MLS and it’ll be interesting to see how Laryea gets on.
If he does get on the pitch at the weekend, he’ll want to ensure another uncomfortable afternoon for Rooney!