Be prepared to be underwhelmed by this latest news.
After all the good work Sabri Lamouchi has done so far in bringing in proven Championship experience in Albert Adomah, Champions League experience in Alfa Semedo, Europa League experience in Yuri Ribeiro and a player who’s highly regarded by Pep Guardiola in Arijanet Muric, Nottingham Forest now find themselves linked to Hervin Ongenda. Talk about taking a step back.
Hervin Ongenda, let’s just say, doesn’t quite have the same ‘wow’ power when you look at his stats. Now, whilst stats never tell the whole story, they certainly can go a long way towards telling you the majority of it, and these stats are very much less than impressive.
His best return for a season came last year when he was playing for Romanian side FC Botosani, where he scored three goals and contributed four assists in 25 outings. Do those stats fill you with confidence that he can translate that into instant success in the Championship, in what some people say is the hardest league in the world?
The only real benefit I can see to bringing him onboard is that he’s a utility player, operating anywhere across the front three as well as being capable of playing as an attacking midfielder. I’ve said before when talking about Ben Osborn, that utility players are crucial when it comes to the Championship, given how long and grueling the 46 game season is, as well as the cup competitions.
If they were to bring him in solely as a rotation player to give the likes of Joe Lolley, Albert Adomah and Lewis Grabban a rest during cup competitions, you could make the case that he’d be worth signing purely for that reason. So if they are to make a bid for him, and valued at £630k it certainly wouldn’t break the bank to do so, we can at least be consoled that the club hasn’t gambled away the future.
Making a move like this would be a move in the wrong direction when it comes to the summer window. He’s had a very good record so far, has Lamouchi, so hopefully, this move doesn’t come off. Do Forest need backup in the forward department? Yes, especially when you consider Zach Clough and Daryl Murphy could be on their way out soon.
However, there must surely be better targets out there than this?