Karim Ansarifard left a lot to be desired in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers. The 28-year-old has hardly featured under Aitor Karanka since making the switch to Forest in November and did himself no favours with a below-par showing in Saturday afternoon’s loss.
Ansarifard, who had only been handed six minutes of Championship football by Karanka before the QPR meeting, was introduced in the 54th minute at the City Ground. He failed to register a shot or create a chance for his teammate and made only six complete passes in his 36 minutes on the pitch.
The former Olympiacos man picked up a booking for his troubles and was dispossessed more times (2) than all but one of Forest’s players. Hardly a vintage performance, not that the rest of the side flourished over the weekend either.
Nevertheless, Ansarifard’s future at Forest could be up for speculation when the January transfer window opens, as Lewis Grabban, Daryl Murphy and Hilel Soudani are likely to be ahead in the pecking order. The Iranian striker impressed for his former club in 2017/18 with 17 league goals, but he can’t find his feet in the Midlands.