Very few players have divided opinion at Nottingham Forest quite like club-record signing Joao Carvalho.
He signed for the club in 2018 for a fee in the region of £13 million and struggled to earn a regular place under several managers.
Carvalho was offloaded amid a backdrop of differing opinions in January, with the 25-year-old joining Olympiacos on a permanent deal.
When the Portuguese playmaker arrived he looked like a decent signing.
During his first season in English football, he scored four goals and registered eight assists, despite spending the second half of the season on the bench under Martin O’Neill.
Carvalho got injured ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. That saw him struggle for game time under Sabri Lamouchi and he was largely a peripheral figure.
Last season he was loaned out to Almeria. Again, he didn’t quite cut the mustard and the Spanish second tier didn’t appear to accommodate his style.
The 2021/22 campaign began with him scoring twice in the Carabao Cup against Bradford. He didn’t do enough to earn regular game time under Chris Hughton or Steve Cooper, however.
The move to Olympiacos looks to have done the trick and his fans on Trentside might be keen to know he’s doing well in Greece.
Carvalho looking the part after Forest exit
The Portuguese maestro is back enjoying his football again. At the weekend he bagged his first goal for his new club during a 1-1 draw against AEK Athens.
He’s also registered three assists for Olympiacos and it seems clear that he’s very much a confidence player.
Pedro Martins has given him the chance to play regular football and clearly, he wants to repay such a show of faith from his manager.
With Forest doing well in the league, there is no reason to dwell on Carvalho’s departure.
It was the best move for all parties and frankly, the situation had turned into a saga that needed to be put to bed.
The consensus among plenty of fans, however, was that Carvalho had something about him and his current form is justifying such a sentiment.