After scoring just once for Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship last season, striker Jason Cummings was allowed to join ambitious League One outfit Peterborough United during the summer.
Initially it looked as if Reds’ boss Aitor Karanka had dropped a bit of a clanger in sanctioning a deal to temporarily offload the former Hibernian striker, with Cummings firing six goals in his first five matches for his new charges.
As is usually the case with the 23-year-old, however, the goals appear to have dried up and yesterday’s game with Scunthorpe United was the eighth league game on the trot that Cummings has failed to find the net for Steve Evans’ team.
When former Forest boss Mark Warburton took a punt on Cummings it had seemed to pay dividends with the talisman firing three goals in the Carabao Cup in the early stages of the campaign. His brace against Newcastle United earned the Reds a big cup upset at St. James’ Park and the signs seemed positive.
A lack of game time and an apparent shortage of application seemed to hamper Cummings’ progress, with the confident performer notching a solitary goal in the league for Forest.
One of Karanka’s first dealings as Reds’ boss when he arrived at the club in January was to send the Scotland striker on loan to Rangers. But even in the Scottish Premiership he failed to pull up any trees, scoring in just one league game for the Gers.
Dropping down to League One could be just the move that Cummings needs to reignite his career but on current form there is enough to suggest that it seems highly unlikely that he is capable of becoming a quality Championship striker.
He will need to rediscover his goalscoring boots very quickly at London Road with Evans now boasting a plethora of attacking talent and failure to set League One alight could cast serious doubts over Cummings’ future in England.