Apostolos Vellios’s future at Nottingham Forest was already uncertain due to his lack of playing time at the City Ground, but his failed loan spell at Waasland-Beveren might be the final nail in the coffin.
The 27-year-old left Forest last summer after falling down the pecking order the previous season – 12 Championship appearances (359 minutes) in 2017/18 – but he’s found himself in a similar predicament in Belgium.
Vellios has made 17 appearances in the Jupiler Pro League this season, scoring four goals. He’s made just one appearance in the top-flight since mid-January and has barely made the matchday squad in recent weeks.
The Greek international enjoyed a bright start to life at the Freethiel Stadion, scoring two goals in his first five games, but he since struggled for starts and is more of an afterthought. It’s unlikely he’ll have any future at Forest as a result.
Vellios still has one year remaining on his deal at the City Ground, but he’s unlikely to get in ahead of Lewis Grabban and Karim Ansarifard after his toils in Belgium so Martin O’Neill will likely want rid of him.
The 27-year-old isn’t likely to be inundated with offers this summer either, so cashing in on Vellios might be more difficult that is appears. Forest paid £1m for the striker in 2016 and his value has arguably dropped since then.