Nottingham Forest spent the summer busy recruiting new players to give Sabri Lamouchi the best possible chance of a push towards promotion during 2019/20.
The Reds added 12 new players to their ranks and several of those players are now deemed important members of the squad.
There one instances of players getting away from the clutches of Forest, however, choosing to play their football elsewhere despite advances from the City Ground hierarchy.
One of those was Swedish winger Hosam Aiesh. According to Fotboll Direkt, the Reds were in the running with Leeds to secure the Ostersunds player’s signature.
He was valued by his club at £1.7 million and like many of Forest’s other summer recruits, he would have arrived as an unknown quantity from on the continent.
The Championship interest never came to fruition and instead, Aiesh signed for IFK Goteborg, preferring to stay in his native country of Sweden.
It could look like like a bullet dodged for Forest given the indifferent season he is currently having in the Allsvenskan.
Aiesh was sensational during the 2018/19 campaign. Playing largely on the right-hand side he scored five goals and registered 15 assists as Ostersunds finished sixth in the table.
This season hasn’t proved quite so emphatic for the 24-year-old, however. In eight games for his new club, he has scored just once and claimed two assists.
That is hardly the kind of form that saw him linked with a move to two of the Championship’s biggest clubs and both will feel glad that Aiesh opted to stay in Sweden.
The Reds added Sammy Ameobi and Albert Adomah to their ranks this summer and both have contributed so far this season.
Adomah netted crucial goals against Derby, Charlton and Preston; whilst Ameobi scored Forest’s second goal in a recent 3-2 win over Stoke City which saw the Reds briefly sit on top of the Championship.
The Reds have proved during the summer that there is some value to be had by shopping in the European market.
Samba Sow, Chema Rodriguez, Brice Samba, Yuri Ribeiro and Alfa Semedo have all played their part in Forest’s impressive start to the current campaign.
It’s natural that sometimes a club will miss out on a player and then look on with envy as he produces the goods with his new charges. Thankfully that hasn’t been the case with Aiesh and Forest will feel thankful that he decided against a move to England.