Richie Laryea made his second appearance for Nottingham Forest in the 5-1 thrashing of Swansea City. Over the course of the last week, he’s showcased that there is life after Djed Spence.
The Canada international has been forced to wait patiently by Steve Cooper. With the Boro performer in top form, he’s been given a watching brief, with chances not forthcoming.
Spence has been brilliant for Forest. He’s been arguably one of the best loan signings in history and his form has made him undroppable in the right wing-back role.
Laryea has waited like the true professional he is though and hasn’t sulked. He has now made appearances against West Brom, Fulham and Swansea, looking decent in each one.
Yesterday he only played for seven minutes but his contribution was decent. He gave the Swansea defenders a torrid time and he looks like a seriously quick player.
Likewise, against Fulham, Laryea was unbelievable and gave Joe Bryan the runaround during the 20 minutes he was on the pitch, almost registering an assist for Brennan Johnson to score.
The 27-year-old will now hope for more game time. He is still learning when it comes to the English game and he looks capable of having an impact as he continues getting up to speed.
Laryea can soften Spence blow for Forest
With Spence being courted by half of Europe – seemingly – Forest’s chances of signing the defender do look slim, even if they are to be promoted to the Premier League.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are all thought to be keen on the £15 million-rated Spence. That is likely to make him unattainable for Forest and they’ll need to plan a contingency.
That could see Laryea handed a real chance to shine at the City Ground. He looks quick, skilful and seemingly isn’t afraid to try and take players on.
Spence will be a massive loss for Forest but Laryea has proved that he can ensure the transition is a comfortable one.