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Nottingham Forest fans must wonder ‘what if’ as Armand Traore wins international call-up

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Nottingham Forest fans must wonder ‘what if’ as Armand Traore wins international call-up

The left-back has found his way back in to the Senegal national team.

Armand Traore has been in fine form since joining Cardiff City in January. Considered surplus to requirements at Nottingham Forest, there was some shock when the promotion-chasing Welsh side made a move for the player. But it has proven to be a hit. Traore has been in fine form since joining the Bluebirds and even scored his first goal since 2014 recently.

Such good form has caught the eye at international level. Traore has received a call-up to the Senegal national team for the upcoming friendly fixture with Bosnia Herzegovina this month. The last time Traore received a call-up for his country was in March 2013, five whole years ago.

Now he will have one eye on the World Cup in Russia this summer. For Nottingham Forest fans it must come as a sickener.

The defender was a divisive figure at the City Ground. His attitude and commitment were often called into question. It looked at one point like he would be released from his Forest contract.

Instead, he has headed out on loan and done what Forest fans knew he was capable of, performed well.

The French-born star is not short of talent. His years at the Arsenal academy show just how highly rated he is in the game.

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But Forest fans, and seemingly management, never felt he was giving his all at the City Ground.

Now he is being managed by Neil Warnock at Cardiff, who is giving him the freedom to perform as he likes. The result is Cardiff pushing for promotion and Traore in line for a world Cup berth.

Nottingham Forest won’t be too sad to see Traore gone. But they will wonder how they never got the best out of such a talented, but difficult individual.

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