Back in January 2017, Nottingham Forest appeared to have made a fantastic signing.
The club snapped up talented playmaker Zach Clough from Bolton Wanderers.
The deal was reportedly worth around £3 million, as reported by Football League World, and it was deemed a positive move from the Forest management.
Mark Warburton and his staff had identified the League One talent as a player capable of helping the Tricky Trees in their battle against relegation from the Championship.
Clough had been impressing at Bolton for some time and Forest fans were hopeful he could go on to become a long-term option at the club.
Things certainly started off well for the player, who impressed during the second half of last season at the City Ground.
But this campaign was more of a struggle and in January Forest allowed him to return to Bolton on loan until the end of the season.
Joining up with the Trotters again was supposed to help rekindle the flame for the attacker. But his second spell at the club proved to be a disappointment. He struggled to find his rhythm back at the Macron Stadium and in April was even demoted to the under-23 squad.
So does he have a future at Nottingham Forest?
It has been a tough campaign for the player but Forest fans must remember one key thing, Clough’s age.
He is still only 23-years-old and Forest have him under contract until the summer of 2021. Whilst the 2017-18 season will no doubt be one to forget for the young man, hopefully the challenges have helped forge him into an even better player than before.
This summer he will need to work hard to prove to Aitor Karanka that he is worthy of regular football at the City Ground.
But in terms of a long-term future, the £3 million man should not yet be given up on by Forest.