It was a case of double success for one of Forest’s players over the weekend.
Having won the African Cup Of Nations on Friday night with Algeria, Adlène Guedioura was named in the Team Of The Tournament. Now here’s where it gets interesting. With the reports circulating from last week in the Kuwaiti press (via Le Buteur), that Nottingham Forest were in advanced talks to sell the midfielder to Kuwaiti side Kuwait SC, what does this latest development – if you want to call it that – mean?
Does this add a little bit of extra value to the 33-year-old, or will his performances now prove to new boss Sabri Lamouchi that he does have some value after all and convince him to stay? And when you throw in the reports (via The Sun On Sunday) from this weekend linking Forest to John Bostock who plays in a very similar position to Guedioura, then there’s another element to consider.
If the reports that they are in an advanced stage are indeed true, then I can’t see them backing out now, in fact that’s probably why the John Bostock rumours have sprouted up, rather than add another body to an already large squad, it will be to replace Guedioura. If that is indeed the case, then Forest should play the wise game here and demand more money for him. He is now an award winner afterall.
However, I think Forest would be best off keeping Guedioura and eschewing John Bostock, because the Algerian holds far more value to Forest than Bostock would add.
Whilst I’ve been adamant this summer, that Lamouchi will be playing a 4-3-3 formation this season, like his Ivory Coast days, I do see the possibility of him also playing a 4-2-3-1 formation as he did in his Stade Rennais days whenever the situation demands. In that case, you could have Guedioura and Semedo form a partnership in front of the back four. Whilst Guedioura has played predominantly as a central midfielder for Forest, with Algeria he was utilised as a holding one.
Where that leaves the front four in regards to who plays where, we can address another time.
At the end of the day, I’m not going to make the argument that he should be starting every game, I’ve said before that he should only be a rotation/backup option. If Lamouchi made the effort to bring in Alfa Semedo on loan, and with it being rather counterintuitive to bring someone in on loan just to have them sit on the bench.
Guedioura has proved how valuable he can be to his country, now is the time to prove how valuable he can be, even in a limited capacity to his club.