Grading Nottingham Forest's summer signings - Barrie McKay

Barrie McKay of Nottingham Forest beats Matt Tootle of Notts County during a pre-season friendly match between Notts County and Nottingham Forest at Meadow Lane on July 19, 2017 in...

Rangers may be regretting the decision to allow Barrie McKay to join Nottingham Forest.

Barrie McKay of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on August...

Time is a rare luxury in modern football, and new signings don’t get given too much of it before they are adjudged a hit or miss.

A couple of months on from the summer transfer window, HITC is grading the first impressions made by the new arrivals.

Here we take a closer look at Nottingham Forest’s new hero Barrie McKay.

Scour every transfer across every league in Europe this summer and you will be hard pressed to find a better-value purchase than McKay, who left Rangers for a mere £500,000 according to BBC Sport.

Barrie McKay of Rangers runs with the ball during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Scottish winger has hit the ground running at Forest, scoring four goals and providing seven more in 13 league starts.

Those numbers, while impressive, do not paint a fair picture of McKay’s impact at the City Ground.

Whenever the 22-year-old has found the back of the net, the Tricky Trees have gone on to victory.

Barrie McKay of Nottingham Forest beats Matt Tootle of Notts County during a pre-season friendly match between Notts County and Nottingham Forest at Meadow Lane on July 19, 2017 in...

McKay has been an instant crowd-pleaser because of his silky dribbling, and there has been an end product to much of his pace and trickery, which is not always easy to find at Championship level.

Together with Kieran Dowell, McKay has made Forest one of the most stylish and creative attacking units in the division, and has helped restore hope at the club after a long period of negativity.

Mark Warburton brought McKay through at Rangers and is now getting the best out of him in the East Midlands. It is a combination which could yet inspire a once-unlikely playoff push for Forest.

Grade: A+

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