Richie Laryea's Nottingham Forest closing in on Premier League return after Sheffield Utd win

Published on: 19 May 2022

Canada international of Ghanaian descent Richie Laryea is closing in on Premier League return with Nottingham Forest after progressing to the final of the Championship play-off.

The 27-year-old right-back was an unused substitute as Forest beat Sheffield United on penalties despite losing a drama-packed semi-final second leg at the City Ground.

Brennan Johnson had added to Forest's 2-1 aggregate lead from the first leg with a sliding first-half finish, but second-half goals from Gibbs-White and John Fleck sent the game to extra time.

It took a fine reflex save from Samba to keep Iliman Ndiaye out in the 115th minute and force the game to a shootout.

The Congolese goalkeeper immediately gave Forest the advantage by saving United's first two attempts.

Johnson, Cafu and Steve Cook scored their efforts for Forest before Joe Lolley sent his over the bar, which set Samba up to make the save from Gibbs-White that sent Forest to Wembley for the first time in 30 years.

Laryea has made only four league appearances for Hull City so far this season.

He joined Nottingham Forest on a three-and-half-year deal from Toronto FC for an undisclosed fee in January 2022.

Laryea is of Ghanaian descent. His younger brother, Reggie Laryea, plays soccer for semi-professional team Vaughan Azzurri.