Nottingham Forest’s poor form continued on Wednesday evening as they were well beaten by Championship leaders Norwich City at the City Ground.
The Reds are now winless in five league outings but can be thankful they are nine points clear of the relegation zone with only nine matches left to play in the 2020/21 season.
Chris Hughton’s side were simply outclassed on the night, though the performances of some players simply cannot be forgiven. None more so than of seasoned professional Sammy Ameobi.
As per SofaScore, the 28-year-old’s paltry 5.8 rating was by far the worst of anyone on the pitch – perhaps a surprise given he’s been one of Forest’s consistent performers throughout the season, ranking fourth in the current squad for average WhoScored rating at 6.80.
Somehow, Ameobi remained on the pitch for the entire duration of the match, where he managed only 46 touches – the same number as visiting goalkeeper Tim Krul, whilst eight other Canaries players saw more of the ball too.
What made it worse was the £2m-rated winger losing possession 21 times, more than any other player. That’s almost 50% of his touches going straight back to the opposition – it’s no wonder they were outdone massively.
The former Newcastle ace was also wasteful in his passing, making just 66% of 29 attempts. Only Forest’s man between the sticks, Jordan Smith, failed to make more passes and that’s easily excused as he’s often kicking the ball out from the back.
Ameobi is one of Forest’s biggest goal providers, having scored three and assisted one this season, yet he created very little and didn’t ever look like scoring. None of his passing attempts were key chances, nor could he accurately find Lewis Grabban or Lyle Taylor with his two crosses.
Similarly, the 6 foot 4 wide man successfully pulled off just one dribble from five attempts (20%) and failed to register a shot. Ameobi averages two shots and 1.5 dribbles per game, via WhoScored, so once again, he was well under par.
Hughton clearly likes to rely on the £10k-per-week titan, having started him 20 times in the Championship since his appointment in early October, so he will certainly feel let down and betrayed by his performance.
Even more so when you realise that was Ameobi’s 188th appearance in the second division – he should be doing far better.