Football League World – LONDON, A week can be a long time in football, just ask Karim Ansarifard.
Only last week, it had been reported that the striker was considering a move away from Nottingham Forest, despite having only arrived at the City Ground on a contract until the end of next season in November.
You could hardly have blamed him for considering a move, the Iranian striker had started just two Championship games for the club, making nine further appearances from the bench, scoring just once in a 3-0 win over Hull.
Then came Saturday’s trip to Loftus Road.
Against an out of sorts QPR, Ansarifard was given the chance to prove himself from the start, and duly took it. Although he missed a few earlier chances, the 29-year-old latched onto Joao Carvalho’s through ball ten minutes into the second half, and clinically finished what proved to be the only goal of the game to seal a 1-0 win for Forest and make it back-to-back wins for Martin O’Neill’s side.
Given the success of the opportunity given to him in London on Saturday, Ansarifard may wonder now if his time with Forest needs to be quite so short after all.
The striker has shown that he can contribute to the side, and now it may be up to O’Neill to show Ansarifard that the club want his contributions.
Providing the game goes ahead – which given the circumstances admittedly still looks far from certain – Ansarifard would surely like the chance to demonstrate his abilities once more on front of the City Ground crowd on the final day against Bolton.
If O’Neill is ready to give him that chance from the start in back-to-back games, and Ansarifard is ruthless enough to take it, then his seemingly brief time at The City Ground, may yet be set to get an unexpected extension.