Nottingham Forest allowed Richie Laryea to return to Toronto FC on loan in the summer and last night he struggled on the international stage.
The 27-year-old signed in January at a time when it looked as though the Reds could lose Djed Spence who was linked with Tottenham.
Forest managed to keep hold of the player though and that meant very little game time for the Canada international.
Following promotion, regular action was always going to be tricky and with the World Cup on the horizon, he wanted to play football.
Laryea’s form at Toronto has been pretty steady. He’s made nine appearances for the team and registered four assists from a right-sided wing-back role.
That alone should earn him a place in Canada’s squad for the World Cup; although he will hope to perform better than he did last night.
The MLS website did player ratings for their 2-0 defeat to Uruguay last night and it wasn’t pretty for Laryea.
He was handed a 5.0 rating out of 10 and was actually the first player to be substituted as Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez scored during the contest.
The MLS website claimed: “The Toronto FC full-back, on loan from Premier League side Nottingham Forest, was the first player to make way for John Herdman at half-time.
“Laryea struggled to get involved in this 45 minutes, failing to get on the same page as (Stephen) Eustaquio, which led to multiple passes going astray.”
Laryea struggled in Canada loss but all is not lost for Forest man
The player remains very highly thought of by the international outfit and as a result, he should be in line to play at the World Cup.
It will be a tough tournament for the Canadian outfit. They are in Group F with Morrocco, Belgium and Croatia in their way of the knockout stages.
Laryea’s pace and guile should earn him a starting berth. His energy could be a seriously good attribute and Herdman is likely to still pick him.
The challenge for Laryea now is to return to his club and get his head down.
Herdman knows all about his qualities and he will want to stay fit and sharp between now and the World Cup which starts in 53 days.