Sammy Ameobi could end up being quite the bargain for Nottingham Forest.
Snapped up as a free agent over the summer, the former Newcastle and Bolton winger has made a positive early impression.
So positive in fact that questions may already be being asked of his future.
A calculated gamble was taken on his ability by Martin O’Neill.
Shortly before his departure from the dugout, the Reds legend tied up a first signing of the summer.
Ameobi was acquired after being freed from the final year of his deal at troubled Bolton.
He arrived at the City Ground and penned a 12-month contract.
No long-term agreement on silly money here.
Forest have done plenty of those deals in recent times, with a seriously bloated squad a direct consequence of that.
Ameobi was given terms that seemingly benefited both parties.
He was offered the opportunity to start afresh at a Championship club while the Reds were not over-committing.
Instead, a new arrival was being asked to prove his worth.
Ameobi has set about that challenge with gusto.
He told the club’s official website upon his arrival: “I’m hoping to excite people.
“I’m someone who likes to create opportunities and, hopefully, score goals and create assists. Hopefully I can do that this season.”
Ameobi has ticked neither of those boxes so far, but that is not for a lack of trying.
The 27-year-old has given as much as anybody.
It appeared as though a super-sub role may be his for the taking – and that may yet prove to be the case.
His hard-running, technical ability and willingness to track back was, however, included from the off against Birmingham.
Forest swept to a convincing 3-0 win on home soil, so what happens next?
Two away games lie in store at Charlton and Fulham.
Will Sabri Lamouchi stick or twist for those contests, as the Reds seek to shake themselves out of a slump on the road?
If Ameobi gets the nod, then he will be looking to deliver end product.
Open his account in the goal or assist stakes and it will become increasingly difficult to leave him out.
And to ignore his claims to an extended stay.
Contract talks are still a little premature – we are only four games into the 2019-20 campaign across all competitions – but a proactive approach should be taken to discussions.
If Ameobi shows himself to be deserving of another deal, then one should be tabled.
Don’t run any risks of admiring glances being shown from afar or attention being diverted.
If form is deserving of terms, then offer them.
We are getting slightly ahead of ourselves here – with 24 or 34 games probably a better marker than four – but Ameobi could not have done much more in his early bid to stay put for the foreseeable future.