Nottingham Forest supporters lost their minds when Arvin Appiah was surprisingly sold to Almeria in 2019. Many presumed that he was nowhere near the finished article and that the teenager was going to be one that would slip through the net.
Fast forward three years and Almeria are worried. They’re deeply concerned that they won’t see a return on their investment having spent £8 million on the youngster and not seeing him fulfil his potential.
Right now, the player is on loan at Tenerife. There, he’s failed once again to shine and is expected to be sent back to Almeria at the earliest opportunity – probably once the transfer window opens.
During 2022/23, he’s made 11 appearances for the Segunda Division outfit. He’s registered just one assist and hasn’t been able to hold down a regular starting berth at his temporary club.
A report by Diario de Almeria believes the club are concerned. They’re certain that they won’t see the best of Appiah and look set to make a massive loss on the winger signed from Forest.
The academy graduate made just eight appearances for the Reds’ first team. He scored one goal in a Carabao Cup defeat against Burton Albion but he never really had the impact that many anticipated he would.
As a result, it was remarkable when Almeria emerged with a cheque for £8 million in their hand. Forest seemingly snapped the Spanish club’s arm off and it’s fair to say that they’ve been justified to sell him.
Appiah sold to Almeria and Forest were right to let him leave
Clearly, someone made a crucial decision somewhere at Forest. It seemed obvious that he wouldn’t make it from an early stage, but letting him leave after eight games in the senior ranks was still risky.
Now 21, it’s clear that Appiah is facing a fight to enjoy a professional future. Perhaps a club further down the English pyramid will take a chance on him but his time in Spain looks to be borrowed.
Almeria no longer think they will see a return on their investment. With that in mind, this will go down as a transfer disaster from their perspective. For Forest, they’re laughing all the way to the bank.