Nottingham Forest players who came good after slow starts at the City Ground

Nottingham Forest's City Ground
Nottingham Forest's City Ground

New signings don't always settle as quickly as fans - or managers - want. Here we take a look at those players who have taken a while to find their feet before going on to have their name sung from the terraces for all the right reasons.

Patience is a rare commodity in modern football yet we've trawled through the archives to find Nottingham Forest players who have overcome slow starts to prove the doubters wrong over the past 20 years. Missed someone? Email matthew.brooks@jpimedia.co.uk to stake your claim.

Joined Forest for 1.5m in November 1999 from Columbus Crew and, having struggled to find the net, scored 14 times in the first half of 01/02 for the Reds before leaving to help fellow Championship side Birmingham City to promotion.

Joined Forest for 1.5m in November 1999 from Columbus Crew and, having struggled to find the net, scored 14 times in the first half of 01/02 for the Reds before leaving to help fellow Championship side Birmingham City to promotion.

Fondly remembered for his 29 goals in the 02/03 play-off season under Paul Hart, it took DJ a while to get going in Red following his big-money move from Premier League side Ipswich Town in January 2001 - but fans were sure glad when he did.

Fondly remembered for his 29 goals in the 02/03 play-off season under Paul Hart, it took DJ a while to get going in Red following his big-money move from Premier League side Ipswich Town in January 2001 - but fans were sure glad when he did.

A consistent performer since arriving for 2.5m from Aston Villa in 1999, Scimeca was a victim of his own versatility until Paul Hart deployed him as a defensive midfielder in 02/03 where he excelled. Joined Leicester at the end of that season.

A consistent performer since arriving for 2.5m from Aston Villa in 1999, Scimeca was a victim of his own versatility until Paul Hart deployed him as a defensive midfielder in 02/03 where he excelled. Joined Leicester at the end of that season.

Another one who Hart got the best out of. Harewood had all the attributes breaking into the team in 1998 but it wasn't until 02/03 when things clicked - scoring 21 goals that season, and 12 in 19 games the next before a November move to West Ham.

Another one who Hart got the best out of. Harewood had all the attributes breaking into the team in 1998 but it wasn't until 02/03 when things clicked - scoring 21 goals that season, and 12 in 19 games the next before a November move to West Ham.

Primarily used at left-back, initially to cover the injured Julian Bennett in 08/09, throughout Billy Davies' time in charge. It wasn't until he moved to central defence in the troublesome 11/12 campaign when fans saw the best of him.

Primarily used at left-back, initially to cover the injured Julian Bennett in 08/09, throughout Billy Davies' time in charge. It wasn't until he moved to central defence in the troublesome 11/12 campaign when fans saw the best of him.

The speedy winger joined from non-League Bromley in January 2008 but made his mark in the second half of 11/12 under Steve Cotterill, helping to save the club from relegation. Bagged four at Elland Road in a 7-3 win over Leeds United.

The speedy winger joined from non-League Bromley in January 2008 but made his mark in the second half of 11/12 under Steve Cotterill, helping to save the club from relegation. Bagged four at Elland Road in a 7-3 win over Leeds United.

Since arriving from Southampton in January 2014, the defender was in-and-out of the team for the main until Aitor Karanka moved him to centre-back for the first half of 18/19 where he excelled. Sold to Wigan in January 2019.

Since arriving from Southampton in January 2014, the defender was in-and-out of the team for the main until Aitor Karanka moved him to centre-back for the first half of 18/19 where he excelled. Sold to Wigan in January 2019.