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Nottingham Forest flops El-Arbi Hillel Soudani and Karim Ansarifard thriving since City Ground exit

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Nottingham Forest flops El-Arbi Hillel Soudani and Karim Ansarifard thriving since City Ground exit

Nottingham Forest let both players go over the summer.

Last season Nottingham Forest fell short in the hunt for promotion and the disappointment underachievement of two forwards at the club did not help matters. 

Both El-Arbi Hillel Soudani and Karim Ansarifard have every reason to be a hit in the Championship. 

Algerian international Soudani had fine pedigree with his nation and had been one of Croatia’s most dangerous frontmen for the past five years at Dinamo Zagreb. Compared in playing style to Diego Costa, Nottingham Forest looked to be onto a winner with his recruitment. 

Ansarifard, the Iranian international, arrived from Evangelos Marinakis’ first love Olympiakos. He scored 18 goals in 27 games for Olympiakos the previous season and scored a penalty at the World Cup last summer.

Both, however, flopped. 

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Soudani scored twice in his first three league games but injuries soon stopped his progress and he only played eight times for the club before being sold to Olympiakos in the summer. 

 

Ansarifard scored just two goals in 12 appearances and this summer headed to Qatar, joining Al Sailiya in the Qatar Stars League. 

Now, away from the City Ground, the pair are on fire. 

This weekend Soudani scored twice against OFI Crete to take his tally to four goals in six games this season. Ansarifard also bagged a brace against Al Wakrah, moving to five goals in seven games for his new side. 

Between them, the former Nottingham Forest pair have an impressive nine goals from 13 appearances so far this season. 

Now Nottingham Forest’s good form so far this season will mean this news is not entirely devastating. But it is slightly frustrating that Forest never got to see the best of these two enigmatic frontmen.

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