It’s been a long and difficult season for Nottingham Forest, and even despite the change in manager mid-way through, they haven’t been able to get things going.
First, Sabri Lamouchi got the club off to a winless start, and now, Chris Hughton has overseen a run of six games without a win, with just one goal scored in that time too.
They need some inspiration from somewhere, and after making a goal-scoring cameo in mid-week against Norwich, Anthony Knockaert could be the kind of mercurial talent that could just lift the doom and gloom.
The Frenchman has struggled to make an impact since arriving on loan, but after finally being dropped to the bench against the Canaries, the penny may have dropped.
Knockaert came on and scored – perhaps with a bit of good fortune given he may not have meant it – but still showed the kind of guile and intent that Forest desperately need.
This is a player after all who both The Athletic and The Telegraph have claimed just in 2019 that he’s “too good for the Championship”, with the former even suggesting that he is good enough for the Premier League too.
The 29-year-old seems like someone who needs to be full of confidence to really showcase his talents, and that would have been at an all-time low given his start to life at Forest.
But the goal against Norwich would have undoubtedly done him the world of good, and Hughton surely has to tap into that feel-good factor for Saturday’s Championship game against Brentford.
He may not have shown anything like the kind of form that tempted Forest to bring him in, but the clash against Brentford could be the making of him.