Xande Silva left Nottingham Forest in the summer to sign for Ligue 2 outfit Dijon and he’s starting to make a name for himself.
The Reds plucked the 25-year-old from West Ham in the summer of 2021 for £200,000.
He was an emergency contingency signing after striker Josh Maja failed a medical at the City Ground.
Silva didn’t really achieve what he set out to do on Trentside and he failed to make any real impact.
In 10 appearances he registered just one assist and his highlight reel wouldn’t take too long to sit through.
Following promotion to the Premier League, a departure from Forest was always likely to happen.
Dijon came calling and he signed for the club on a permanent deal, penning a three-year contract at the club.
Silva has hit the ground running at his new club, scoring two goals and laying on another two in the way of assists.
He’s been playing regular football, although he has missed the last two games through injury.
Silva does have something about him but perhaps he’s better suited to the game on the continent rather than in England.
The talented forward now has a real chance to find himself and play the regular football that he’s been craving for some time.
Silva starting to make a name for himself in France after Forest exit
Before joining Forest, Silva had performed pretty well on loan with Greek side Aris.
As a result, it was mentioned that the player might go back there following Forest’s promotion.
The move never transpired though and instead, he headed to France to join up with Dijon.
Despite being 25, Silva has never really found a permanent club that has allowed him to play regularly.
Now, he has the chance to put some roots down and so far at Dijon he’s averaging a goal every 173 minutes.
There is still more to come from Silva and you get the sense that he might be a late bloomer in the professional game.
It was never going to happen for the ex-West Ham talent at Forest and their decision to offload him remains justified despite his good form.