Well this one certainly came out of nowhere.
Having brought in so many players so far this summer, someone was going to have to make way. Turns out the unlucky man is Karim Ansarifard, as he has completed a move to Qatari side Al-Sailiya. Whilst no fee has officially been announced by the club, Transfermarkt are saying that it is in the region of £1.8m.
Only in the starting eleven three times last season, he never really got the chance to show his worth. Towards the latter part of the season though, against Middlesbrough and QPR he finally started some games and managed to get a goal and an assist in them. Perhaps he’s just one of the victims of the new regime change under Sabri Lamouchi. If Martin O’Neill had still been in charge, perhaps he would have been given another chance next season.
In light of the news, there are a few Forest fans that are starting to get a little bit concerned about the size of the squad. I spoke yesterday about how it’s good to see Lamouchi being ruthless with players that he considers to be deadwood.
He still needs to get the balance right though. Lamouchi has pulled off some incredible transfers thus far, particularly the likes of Tiago Silva and Arijanet Muric – yes I know the latter was in the pipeline since the O’Neill days, but he still could have said no.
The selling off of Ansarifard and the likely departure of Daryl Murphy still leaves the forward position a little bit on the short side when it comes to proven Championship experience. With the strain that a 46 game campaign in the Championship brings, you need to be sure that you’ve not only got bodies there, but that they are also capable of producing for you on a consistent basis. So hopefully he has some strikers in the pipeline or this latest move could end up backfiring on him.