Back in May, it was claimed that Nottingham Forest were to rival Rangers for former Reds talisman Britt Assombalonga.
The striker was out of contract after his Middlesbrough deal expired and was on the radar of his previous club.
Instead, Assomablonga made the curious move to Turkish top-flight newcomers Adana Demirspor.
It proved an intriguing move, with Assombalonga’s wage demands likely ruling him out of another Championship contract.
The 29-year-old is thriving with his new club and yesterday he was among the goals once again.
Assombalonga scored twice as Adana defeated Gaziantep 3-0 on the road, taking his tally to an impressive 12 for the campaign.
It’s the first time the former Forest man has played in a top-flight during his career and he’s clearly enjoying his football.
The striker was superb for Forest. He scored 30 goals in 69 appearances and would have added more were it not for some rotten luck with injuries.
Signing him in the summer might have proved a bit of a step backwards. He is approaching 30 and perhaps Forest are heading in a different direction these days.
Assombalonga is clearly loving life in Turkey and he’s certainly not lost the knack of knowing how to score goals.
Re-signing Assombalonga didn’t make a lot of sense for Forest
At 29, Assombalonga is probably heading past his best and Forest probably had other fish to fry during the summer transfer window.
Money was tight in the post-pandemic era and naturally, that saw the Reds fail to land a lot of their top summer targets.
Signing Assombalonga and giving him a sizeable wage wouldn’t have made a great deal of sense really and Forest were wise not to offer him a deal.
It’s nice to see the striker doing well, however. Forest fans will always have fond memories of him in a red shirt and plenty will be pleased he’s doing the business still in Turkey.