Jason Cummings “can’t wait to bring the smile back”, but will that be happening at Nottingham Forest?

No, I imagine is your immediate response to the question above.

The Scot has been very much out of sight and out of mind on Trentside of late.

Loan spells at Rangers, Peterborough and Luton have taken him away from the City Ground.

Cummings has not been seen in a Forest shirt since December 30, 2017.

He has taken in a grand total of 17 appearances for the club.

And recorded just four goals.

Value for money?

Not a lot to be found there.

Deadwood

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Even when taking into account that the Reds have made plenty back in various loan fees.

Cummings rather epitomises the problems Forest face this summer.

There is too much deadwood on the books.

Casting that adrift is easier said than done.

Cummings still has 12 months left to run on his current contract.

And, as things stand, he will be reporting for duty with Martin O’Neill’s men on the first day of pre-season training.

How long he hangs around after that remains to be seen.

He is, however, suggesting that he wants to be considered for a clean slate.

 

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O’Neill hasn’t yet had the chance to have a look at Cummings at close quarters.

He ended the 2018-19 campaign helping Luton to promotion out of League One.

Even there he didn’t make much of an impact, taking in no starts across five appearances.

The 79th minute was the earliest he was introduced off the bench.

Having previously been deemed surplus to requirements at Peterborough following a bright start to a spell with the Posh.

A similar assessment probably awaits in Nottingham.

It is difficult to see how Cummings can have any part to play for Forest heading forward.

The Reds are already in the market for at least one more frontman.

And that is before the return of Tyler Walker from a productive stint at Mansfield is taken into account.

Departed

 

Hillal Soudani may have departed, but Lewis Grabban, Daryl Murphy and Karim Ansarifard remain.

Cummings’ face just doesn’t fit.

He may have boasted a decent record in the past.

And an infamous goal celebration which incorporates the Joker tattoo on his right hand.

That, though, makes him little more than a pantomime character in the present.

Forest took a gamble on Cummings.

It hasn’t paid off.

Time to turn that smile upside down.