The striker moved to the City Ground from Easter Road in 2017. Since then he has taken in loan spells at Rangers, Peterborough United and most recently Luton Town, where he netted once in five appearances.
He’s never really had a consistent run of form anywhere since leaving Hibs. In 17 Forest appearances he’s only scored four times, looking out of his depth at Championship level on nearly every occasion. He hasn’t played a senior minute for them since December 2017.
Now Cummings has been told to find a new club it seems. Would he be worth the gamble for an SPFL side?
Nottingham Forest outcast Cummings would be an unpredictable signing
There was a period of games at Peterborough last season where he looked like he was going to kick on in the EFL.
In his first five games with the Posh, he scored six goals and notched three assists. Cummings looked set for a stellar season but it all unravelled very quickly.
He didn’t score again for them in the league after this spell, seeing his loan cut short in January. His form didn’t pick up at Luton either, scoring just once.
A move to England has left his career in need of a rebuild. With one year left on his deal, it’s likely that Forest will want some sort of cash for him. They may even end up loaning him out just to get him off the wage bill.
Hibs is where he had his most prolific scoring spell, scoring 71 times in 149 Hibs appearances. With Christian Doidge and Florian Kamberi already at Easter Road, he wouldn’t be first choice. As a third option though, Cummings would be decent cover.
Taking it down a notch
What Cummings probably needs is a move to a smaller team. This would see him play under less scrutiny and give him a chance to find regular minutes and potentially goals.
St Mirren are crying out for a forward and Cummings is more than good enough to lead the Buddies forward line. St Johnstone also need to add a forward to their ranks. Could Cummings do the trick?
A move to a club the size of the two Saints would be dependent on finances, but it’s really what Cummings needs. A move to another big team like Hibs just piles the pressure on him. Given he’s not scored regularly since leaving Leith, he needs to be allowed to play with a bit of freedom.
There’s a good player in Cummings. He might need to be taken down a peg or two to realise his potential and save his career rom falling into obscurity.