Date: 3rd December 2018 at 8:40pm
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Karim Ansarifard was given another late cameo appearance by Aitor Karanka in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Ipswich Town. The 28-year-old has amassed less than 10 minutes of playing time in the Championship since joining on a free transfer in October.

Against Ipswich, Ansarifard completed just one pass, took one shot, won one aerial duel and made three touches. It’s a meagre contribution for a player who was at Olympiacos in August and Karanka’s treatment of the Iranian international is harmful.

It’s common for new signings to be bedded in slowly, but the Forest manager is hardly giving Ansarifard a chance to develop in the Championship. In four league appearances, the striker has managed around eight minutes of football and has unsurprisingly failed to make a telling impact.

The 28-year-old has played for the likes of Saipa (Iran), Persepolis (Iran), Tractor Sazi (Iran), CA Osasuna (Spain), Panionios (Greece) and Olympiacos (Greece), so he’s used to having to adapt to new surroundings. Forest need to give Lewis Grabban a rest, with the forward having scored 14 goals in 16 Championship starts. Karanka should give Ansarifard more minutes.

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6 Replies to “Aitor Karanka’s treatment of Nottingham Forest signing is harmful – opinion”

  • What a load of poppycock. The player has only been available for three games an has had 5 – 10 minutes at the end of each game. He didn’t actually sign until mid to late November because of a work permit hitch.
    Grabban on he other hand has played the last 15 games and scored 15 goals so it kinda makes your whole argument dissolve into liquid stupidity doesn’t it?

  • Why spoil a winning formula you absolute dicks? Obviously don’t like the fact Forest are looking a real threat to everyone what an absolute piece of crap written here. Obviously a ????????

  • Writen By: Crippy Cooke

    I’ve googled every where to Find the name Crippy Cooke then I remembered where I think I last saw your name…………………..

    Didn’t you write the “Jack and Nory” series because if you didn’t it was something just as stupid – just like this load of bunkum above.

  • I agree you shouldn’t touch a winning team and that Grabban is really on a roll and you shouldn’t ruin that for the team. But what could Ansarifard do in 4-5 minutes or when he is put on the pitch during injury time?

    At least give him a little more time…the fella scored 22 goals last season, for God’s sake! How could you ignore that? Or rearrange the team so both Grabban and Ansarifard could play…

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