Nottingham Forest allowed Brice Samba to leave the club in the summer and this weekend he was up to his usual tricks.
If the Congolese stopper wasn’t showcasing superb agility, he was often winding up the opposition supporters.
Samba etched his name into Forest folklore last season with a scintillating display in last season’s play-off semi-final.
He saved three penalties during a shootout win over Sheffield United, after making two amazing saves during the contest.
Samba announced his intentions to leave the City Ground shortly after he helped Forest win promotion.
He wasn’t happy with the club’s offer of a new contract and subsequently claimed he wanted a return to France.
Lens were the club lucky enough to claim his signature and briefly on Friday night, the club were top of Ligue 1.
Samba kept his second clean sheet since arriving at the club as his new team defeated Troyes 1-0 on home soil.
Not only was his goalkeeping impeccable but the 28-year-old was up to his old tricks of showboating during the clash.
Following a cheeky attempt by Adil Rami to lob Samba from well inside his own half, the ex-Forest man returned the favour by plucking the ball to safety with one hand.
It’s a trait that Reds supporters will be familiar with. He often utilised such a technique when wearing a Forest shirt and it brought a smile to the faces of supporters.
Samba up to his usual tricks
The former Reds custodian is missed on Trentside. Although Dean Henderson is an upgrade in terms of his goalkeeping, Samba was a cult hero at the City Ground.
His antics were a useful tool for the Reds to call upon. Since Steve Cooper checked in around a year ago, Samba’s form became integral to the team’s fortunes.
He was a real unsung hero of Forest’s promotion. He often helped the team win points with a string of fine performances and it’s a real shame that he didn’t want to stay.
Forest weren’t in action this weekend. As a result, fans had to take solace in seeing clips of Samba doing his stuff on various social media platforms.