Sammy Ameobi swapped Nottingham Forest for Middlesbrough at the end of his Reds contract in 2021.
He joined Neil Warnock’s team after being refused a new contract by Chris Hughton at Forest.
Plenty of supporters believed that was a mistake, with Ameobi proving a decent player during his two years at the club.
The move couldn’t have gone much worse for the winger, however, who can count himself desperately unfortunate.
He picked up an injury in pre-season and nine months since checking in at the Riverside Stadium, he’s yet to make his debut.
Ameobi managed to stay relatively fit during his time on Trentside and was a dependable performer.
In two years he made 81 appearances, scoring eight goals and registering 11 assists for the team.
It was arguably his work rate that caught the eye and plenty of fans felt he’d done enough to deserve an extension.
Ameobi can play on either flank or as a number 10 but thankfully Forest haven’t found themselves missing his services.
The 29-year-old has a two-year contract at the Riverside Stadium but it’s difficult to see where he fits in under Chris Wilder and his flexible system.
How have Forest replaced Ameobi?
The emergence of Brennan Johnson and the loan signing of Philip Zinckernagel have ensured Forest haven’t missed Ameobi.
Given that he’s spent all season injured as well suggests that Forest made the correct call to let him go.
Ameobi was a likeable member of the squad. He never let the club down but ultimately the time was right for him to leave.
Forest have younger players coming through the ranks and he might have stunted their progress had he stayed.
Ameobi is facing a fight to prove himself at Boro and perhaps Forest were wise not to hand him a new deal.