Nottingham Forest spent the summer recruiting several new players to give boss Sabri Lamouchi the very best chance of a successful season.
No fewer than 12 new players checked in at the City Ground and a large number of them have integrated nicely into the squad.
The Reds beat Brentford on Saturday to go second in the Championship and things appear to be on an upward curve for Forest.
With the second international break of the campaign now upon us, we at Seat Pitch continue our new series assessing the starts made by the Forest new-boys. Up next is Samba Sow:
What’s the background?
The man who has played 38 times for Mali, arrived at the City Ground for a small fee of £640,000, according to Nottinghamshire Live.
He checked in from Dinamo Moscow where he played 43 times during a two-year spell at the club.
How has he looked during the first two months?
Sow has been one of Forest’s standout performers during the opening 11 games of the Championship season.
His introduction at half-time against Preston North End provided Forest with a fresh impetus which allowed them to score an equalising goal.
Since then he has been a mainstay in the Forest midfield, striking up a decent partnership with Ben Watson.
Sow has been a breath of fresh air in the games he has played in and his presence has ensured that Forest haven’t been overrun in midfield this season.
What does the future hold?
Forest are currently waiting on some scan results after Sow limped out of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Brentford with a hamstring injury.
Given his important to Lamouchi’s team, Forest will hope that it is nothing more sinister than a niggle that can be treated quickly.
Sow has a two-year contract at the City Ground and when fit he will almost certainly be one of the team’s first picks on a matchday.
He is a battering ram of a player in human form and Forest have found themselves a real gem with the signing of Sow during the summer transfer window.
With a player the size of the 30-year-old in the middle of the park, it seems very unlikely that Forest will be bullied in midfield and already he looks like one of Lamouchi’s most important players.
Some of the more cynical supporters questioned why Sow had been signed when he penned terms at the City Ground. It can be a common theme with some of the Forest faithful when a player who hasn’t played in England before is added to the squad.
Thankfully, Sow has looked sensational, however, and the supporters love him!
If Forest are to maintain their lofty league position this season then Lamouchi must keep building his team around such players. 8.5/10