Sammy Ameobi is posing quite the selection conundrum for Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi.

He was picked up as a free agent by Martin O’Neill.

But had little opportunity to impress the man who signed him before a change in the dugout was made.

Ameobi could have been forgiven for questioning what he had walked into.

He has, however, knuckled down under a new regime.

It is not as though he had credit in the bank under a former boss, with the slate having been wiped clean for everybody at the City Ground.

Ameobi could be considered to have been a positive to this point.

Despite being yet to make a Championship start.

The only XI he has made came in the Carabao Cup, when he took in 90 minutes against Fleetwood.

Competition

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The 27-year-old said in the Nottingham Post on the back of that contest: “Obviously I want to play; everybody wants to play. But at the end of the day it’s the manager’s decision.

“I’ll just work hard every day and we’ll see what happens.

“I think it’s a good thing to have that competition. You need those players around you to push you.

“Everybody wants to start, but only 11 can.

“We’re all working very hard, everyone wants to play and there’s a healthy competition within the squad.

“It’s only the start of the season and I’m raring to go. Hopefully I can get some more minutes in there.”

Player on fringes of the fold wants more football is hardly a surprising line.

Ameobi is, however, offering a decent claim to more minutes.

He has looked lively when stepping off the bench this season – particularly in the battling 1-1 draw at Leeds.

Options

 

That, though, may be part of the problem for him.

Is he better used as a starter or super-sub?

As things stand, it is not difficult to argue that his skill set is best utilised as an impact player – with Joe Lolley and Albert Adomah the favoured options for the flanks.

His quick feet, hard running and willingness to track back make him useful against tiring legs.

When Forest are in need of a second-half spark, or bodies to drag them over the line, then Ameobi can be the man to answer the call.

Which means he will have to make peace with not getting the nod from Lamouchi when team sheets are pinned to the wall.

That should not be considered a bad thing.

There is a role for the burly winger to play.

Just not necessarily the one he was hoping for.