Nottingham Forest's £500,000 summer signing is the odd one out

Nottingham Forest striker Lars Veldwijk has made a worrying start to life at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest's summer business has rightly received a lot of praise, but there is one addition which stands out for all the wrong reasons. 

The Reds' signings of Britt Assombalonga, Chris Burke, Michael Mancienne, Matty Fryatt and Michail Antonio have rightly received much acclaim, but the buy of Lars Veldwijk is already showing signs that it could be a major flop.

The Dutchman is still adapting to the English game and it is, therefore, has to write him off entirely, but so far he has shown little to suggest that he is good enough to make the grade at the City Ground. 

Fryatt and Assombalonga make up one of the most exciting front-lines in the division, while Antonio has also proven to be capable of leading the line. 

It leaves Veldwijk's chances of playing looking unlikely and there is even a feeling that Dexter Blackstock could have gone ahead of him in the pecking order for places. 

Blackstock was linked with a move away on loan, but Forest have rejected all advances as Veldwijk's poor form has meant that he could still be required to perform a function for the side. 

Veldwijk joined Forest on a deal worth £500,000 from Excelsior, but it is already threatening to be a serious waste of funds. 

A target-man in Holland, he has been easily dominated by defenders during his career at the City Ground to date and he will need to show a major improvement if he is to prove to be a success. 

The 23-year-old has played seven times for the Reds since arriving, but failed to score in any of those appearances. 

It leaves his future at the City Ground already looking questionable and his transfer may be the only poor buy of what was a very productive summer for the Reds. 

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