Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba was in fine form on Tuesday saving three penalties as the Reds beat Sheffield United in their play-off semi-final. After the game, former Forest loanee Anthony Knockaert heaped praise on the Congolese custodian.
The Frenchman proved a pretty underwhelming signing for Forest last season. He signed on loan at the City Ground to become Chris Hughton’s first signing when he took over as manager.
Knockaert scored just three goals for Forest. He was largely underwhelming and returned to Fulham in the summer, with the Reds not particularly keen on securing a permanent deal.
Still, it would seem as though the winger still keeps tabs on what’s happening on Trentside. He was a keen spectator from home on Tuesday night as Samba stole the show with his trio of penalty saves during the shootout.
Knockaert’s future is unclear at the moment. He barely played for the Cottagers during 2021/22 as they won the Championship and he’s unlikely to be needed in the Premier League next season.
Samba will hope to help Forest join Fulham in next season’s top flight. Forest play Huddersfield later this month and a win would end 23 years of hurt for those in the Garibaldi.
Knockaert sends message to Forest star Samba
Forest fans were hardly up in arms about Knockaert. His performances with the Reds arguably suggested that his best days are firmly behind him now.
He arrived at the club on a big wage and frankly, he never lived up to it. It’s also not really a surprise to see him struggle for game time this season.
Knockaert has heaped praise on Forest star Samba, however. He’s also predicted that he will make the step up to the Premier League next season.
If Forest can win promotion in just under two weeks’ time, the club will be largely indebted to Samba following his heroics of the other night.