Nottingham Forest are on the search for new players but Sammy Ameobi is reeling from being released for the second successive summer.
The former Reds winger saw his contract expire at the City Ground last summer and Middlesbrough took him on.
Neil Warnock added the consistent performer to his ranks and it was anticipated he’d be a shrewd freebie.
He’s been plagued by an injury to his knee though and remarkably he’s failed to make a single appearance for Boro.
As a result, Chris Wilder has released him as part of his squad overhaul. Given the problem with his knee, it’s not clear whether he will find himself a new deal.
It’s proved a nightmare year for the man who found some form at Forest. He was perhaps unfortunate to get released by Chris Hughton, given that the Reds struggled to add players last summer.
Although his goal ratio was hardly brilliant at the City Ground, he was instrumental during the 2019/20 campaign when Sabri Lamouchi nearly led the team to the play-offs.
During his time on Trentside, he managed eight goals and registered 11 assists from 80 appearances for the club.
Obviously, Forest’s promotion to the Premier League means that they were justified in their decision not to offer him a new deal.
That doesn’t mean the Reds faithful won’t feel sympathetic towards Ameobi. He gave his all for Forest and it’s a shame that he wasn’t fit enough to play for Boro last season.
Ameobi released by Boro and Forest made the right call
It’s hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for a player who spends all season out through injury.
Some fans genuinely felt that Ameobi was worthy of another year at Forest but it just wasn’t to be.
The Reds felt that other options would be better and as it turned out, the club were proved right.
Ameobi is now surely facing a fight for his future in the professional game.
It won’t be easy for him to find himself a new club after so long out through injury and any club that does will be making a gamble.
Ameobi can count himself unlucky to have been released by Forest but ultimately the call has now been justified.