The date is September 11, 2016 and Apostolos Vellios has just opened his goal account for Nottingham Forest.

Returned to English football a few months earlier, the former Everton striker is off the mark in style.

The ball rolls across him 30 yards from goal and no touch is required.

Just one swing of his right boot.

A rocket of a shot screams into the back of the net and the Reds take the lead at Villa Park in the 57th minute.

Some way to endear yourself to a new fan base.

A powerful frontman with prior knowledge of English football who cost around £1 million.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, quite a lot actually.

The aforementioned effort from Vellios, a matter of weeks into his spell at the City Ground, would be as good as things got.

Question

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A stunning strike raised the bar a little too high.

He would find the target again in his next two outings, and four times in total across his next seven, but Vellios was not the answer.

If he was, then what was the question!?

Nobody seems to know anymore.

Vellios hung around for the 2017-18 campaign, recording just two goals, but was moved out at the end of that season.

Waasland-Beveren were supposed to offer a clean slate and a fresh start.

Once again, a first goal was recorded in September and four by Christmas.

Then the wheels fell off.

Again.

Vellios has seen just two appearances since the turn of the year.

His grand total of competitive minutes in 2019 stands at 83.

And we are now in mid-April.

Afterthought

 

He has not found the target since December 15 and is back to being an afterthought.

As he was when ushered towards the exits at the City Ground.

There are still 12 months left to run on his contract at Forest, with a four-year agreement penned upon his arrival.

Another example of the twisted logic which existed on the banks of the Trent under the Al Hasawi regime.

Given the options the Reds now have on their books, with the promise of more to come, what would be the point in keeping Vellios?

Sure, another loan switch could be sanctioned but a clean break is required.

Martin O’Neill is expected to freshen up his ranks this summer, while setting the deadwood free.

Vellios should be among those offloaded as an unfortunate mistake.

The promise shown on a balmy afternoon in the West Midlands has not been realised and ties need to be cut with a man now struggling to get a look in for a team sat second from bottom in the Belgian top flight.

Another Greek tragedy is coming to a close.