In a move that shouldn’t come as a shock to the majority of Nottingham Forest fans, Diogo Gonçalves is on his way out of the City Ground and has found himself a new home pretty quickly. Having spent last season on loan, he has once again been loaned by his parent club Benfica, this time to F.C. Famalicão.
Gonçalves came to the club last summer as part of the double move that also brought Joao Carvalho to Forest. It looked as if he was set to be a permanent fixture at the club as he completed 90 minutes in the first game of the season against Bristol City. Although his efforts clearly weren’t good enough in the eyes of Aitor Karanka as he was relegated to bench duty straight afterward.
Even when new boss Martin O’Neill came in he found himself struggling for minutes, starting on the bench under the Irishman and only making three more appearances after that.
In the past I’ve criticised Martin O’Neill for not giving players a chance to fit into his new plans, what with the departures of Apostolos Velios and Hallil Soudani, but on this occasion I think O’Neill has got this one absolutely correct, he did give him a fair chance in the side and clearly he didn’t meet his expectations either.
It’s also one of the few times I’m going to forgive him for not spending the money, as the club did have an option to buy the Portuguese man for €15m, according to reports from A Bola (via SportWitness). However, after his lack of appearances last season, and failing to contribute either a goal or an assist when he did manage to come on, I think we can all agree that the money would definitely be better spent elsewhere.