Ai­tor Karanka’s treat­ment of Not­ting­ham For­est sign­ing is harm­ful

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Karim An­sar­i­fard was given an­other late cameo ap­pear­ance by Ai­tor Karanka in Satur­day’s 2-0 win over Ip­swich Town. The 28-year-old has amassed less than 10 min­utes of play­ing time in the Cham­pi­onship since join­ing on a free trans­fer in Oc­to­ber.

Against Ip­swich, An­sar­i­fard com­pleted just one pass, took one shot, won one ae­rial duel and made three touches. It’s a mea­gre con­tri­bu­tion for a player who was at Olympia­cos in Au­gust and Karanka’s treat­ment of the Ira­nian in­ter­na­tional is harm­ful.

It’s com­mon for new sign­ings to be bed­ded in slowly, but the For­est man­ager is hardly giv­ing An­sar­i­fard a chance to de­velop in the Cham­pi­onship. In four league ap­pear­ances, the striker has man­aged around eight min­utes of foot­ball and has un­sur­pris­ingly failed to make a telling im­pact.

The 28-year-old has played for the likes of Saipa (Iran), Perse­po­lis (Iran), Trac­tor Sazi (Iran), CA Osasuna (Spain), Pan­io­n­ios (Greece) and Olympia­cos (Greece), so he’s used to hav­ing to adapt to new sur­round­ings. For­est need to give Lewis Grab­ban a rest, with the for­ward hav­ing scored 14 goals in 16 Cham­pi­onship starts. Karanka should give An­sar­i­fard more min­utes.

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