Nottingham Forest-owned defender Richie Laryea was a target for Hull City before he joined Toronto FC. According to Hull Live, the Canada international was in talks with Shota Arveladze over a move but the Reds opted to send him elsewhere.
Laryea endured a frustrating time at the City Ground. He was likely signed with this season in mind on the basis that last January, Forest felt that they’d probably still be in the Championship.
Forest defied the odds to reach the Premier League. They roared up on the rails and defeated Huddersfield 1-0 at Wembley to end 23 years of hurt outside of the top division.
That all but ended Laryea’s chance to shine at Forest. The Reds were never going to keep him for their Premier League campaign and a loan move ahead of the World Cup this winter made perfect sense.
The 27-year-old checked in at Forest in January. He was tipped for big things by fellow Canadians and followers of the MLS but instantly found himself in competition with Djed Spence for a place.
The England under-21 international has earned himself a move to Tottenham this summer; highlighting just how good he was during last season for the Reds.
As a result, Laryea’s playing time was restricted. He made just five appearances for the Reds and was overlooked for a place in the matchday squad at Wembley in May.
The player has wasted no time in showcasing his talent back in the MLS. During his debut against Nashville he laid on two goals as Toronto ran out 4-3 winners.
Laryea was a target for Hull and that move could have worked
Playing football is paramount for Laryea. He wants to be part of the Canada squad that plays at the World Cup and regular action gives him the best chance of making it.
It’s perhaps a little disappointing, however, that the player hasn’t stayed in England. A loan move to Hull perhaps wouldn’t have worked but it’s a shame another club didn’t come forward.
Now, he finds himself back in his comfort zone. If the unthinkable happens and Forest do find themselves in the Championship again next season, Laryea will still need a settling-in period.
Only time will tell, but perhaps the Reds might have been better heading to a club rather than back to Toronto.