Two Nottingham Forest linked players suffered mixed fortunes last night as the inaugural Europa Conference League Final took place in Albania.
Roma, led by Jose Mourinho, defeated Feyenoord 1-0 in Tirana to become the first-ever winners of the newly formed competition.
The Serie A outfit won the game courtesy of Nicolo Zaniolo’s goal on 32 minutes.
In truth, the Eredivisie side were far the better team in the second half but they couldn’t breach the stubborn Rui Patricio between the posts.
For two players linked with Forest in recent years, it proved a night of contrasting emotions.
Sergio Oliveira very nearly left Porto to sign for Forest on loan when Sabri Lamouchi was in charge.
The French manager wanted the midfielder to bolster his promotion push during the January transfer window.
On that occasion, the Portuguese side opted to keep him and he eventually signed for Roma in January of this year.
Oliveira is only on loan with Roma and following his Europa Conference League exploits, Mourinho might look at a permanent deal.
Cyriel Dessers lined up against Oliveira last night. He very nearly signed for Forest during the summer when Chris Hughton was in the market for a striker.
The 27-year-old was sat at an airport during the summer, with four potential irons in the fire.
Had he got the nod from his agent, he could have been winging his way to East Midlands Airport but instead, he headed to Holland.
This season has been one to remember too for Dessers. He’s found the net 21 times and also claimed six assists during his loan from Genk.
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Oliveira now looks unattainable. He should win a permanent move to Roma and if he doesn’t, he’ll almost certainly waltz back in at Porto.
Dessers on the other hand could be an option.
The Nigerian has finished as the leading goalscorer in the Europa Conference League and he will claim the golden boot.
He is powerful, strong and ultimately, knows where the back of the net is.
Genk could try and move him on this summer and regardless of what division Forest are in, he could be back on Dane Murphy’s recruitment radar.