Nottingham Forest almost signed Mislav Orsic in the summer and in January but now they must be thanking their lucky stars. The 30-year-old was part of the Southampton team that was dumped out of the FA Cup by Grimsby Town last night.
Orsic was linked heavily with Forest in the summer. The Reds were keen to sign the player for around £7 million but ultimately, decided to focus on other players after promotion.
In January, the links resurfaced. This time, however, there seemed to be more of an agent-talk element and the player made a £7 million move to Southampton.
It was quite easy to see why the Saints wanted Orsic. They were rock-bottom of the Premier League and signing a player with 13 goals and eight assists delighted the club’s fan base.
His time so far, however, has been a disaster. He’s made just five appearances and was last night unable to make any impact against a team from League Two.
Southampton saw their confidence take another kicking. They were beaten on home soil by the fourth-tier team and have missed out on a place in the quarter-final.
Forest almost signed Orsic but he’d have been a huge risk
Thankfully, the Reds didn’t take the plunge on Orsic. At 30 and having never played in a top European league, it always looked like a risky deal.
Orsic has looked like a patch of the player that he proved to be at Dinamo Zagreb. He doesn’t look like scoring and it appears he’s struggling to adapt at Southampton.
Perhaps more worryingly for Orsic, he could be a Championship player very soon. The Saints are rock-bottom of the Premier League and desperately need points.
Forest did target an attacker or two in January. Orsic was never the right type of player they needed though and Gustavo Scarpa offers so much more.
Orsic isn’t making the grade at Southampton. Being subbed off in last night’s humiliating exit at the hands of Grimsby will hopefully be as bad as it gets for him.