BT Sport commentator and Nottingham Forest fan Darren Fletcher has suggested that Steve Cooper may have given up on Willy Boly.
Boly was Forest’s 19th signing of the summer, arriving for £2.25m.
He joined having made just 10 Premier League appearances for Wolves last term, but he has found himself out of favour following his switch across the Midlands.
The 31-year-old has been an unused substitute in each of the club’s last seven games after his debut against Fulham back in September.
Forest will take on Crystal Palace this weekend in their final game before the World Cup break, but will face Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Speaking on the Garibaldi Red podcast ahead of the game, Fletcher was discussing the fringe players that Cooper may look to use in midweek in order to keep the team fresh for Saturday.
He said: “Boly had a game, he’s not been seen really since. It kind of tells you, I think, subliminally, what the manager thinks about that arrival. It’s just not on anybody’s radar, so why play him against Tottenham? They’re absolutely no use to you.”
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63 minutes of action against Fulham remains the Ivorian’s only appearance for the City Ground outfit since his move to the club.
He received a meagre 5.9 rating on the night for his showing, winning just 5 of his 11 duels and completing just 69% of his passes (SofaScore). He was also dribbled past three times and lost possession on eight occasions, picking up a yellow card in the process.
It is clear to see why he may have fallen out of favour after a difficult night up against Aleksandar Mitrovic, and it seems that Cooper is unwilling to throw him back with reservations over his ability, but whether he returns to the Forest fold in midweek remains to be seen.