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He’s made an impression, now time to see if he can turn it into being someone who can’t be dropped.
Former Forest man Kenny Burns believes that Tiago Silva can be a driving force for Nottingham Forest this season, having put in a really impressive performance away at Kenilworth Road.
Speaking in his usual column for Nottinghamshire Live, Burns pointed out that Silva brings something different to the game, making comparisons with his compatriot Joao Carvalho.
“He has a greater impact on the game and not only is he much more consistent than Joao Carvalho, he’s also got a tackle in him, unlike his compatriot. If you didn’t know that one of the Portuguese lads cost £13m and the other didn’t, you’d think it was Silva – he’s a different class.”
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It’s true that Silva had a good game against Luton Town, completing 26 passes for an average of 84% (via WhoScored), but he is just one example that if someone is good enough to be in the team, they need to stay there.
He has played in all 14 games for Forest this season, but only starting eight of them. The problem with Forest is that there doesn’t seem to be one set team. They have only named an unchanged team once this season, and that was for the first two games of the campaign against West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United.
Whether it be a small change like who plays on the right-hand side between Albert Adomah or Joe Lolley, or major changes like switching formations from his 4-3-3/4-1-4-1 hybrid to more of a 4-4-2, there is always something up the Frenchman’s sleeve to keep the opponents and to an extent those associated with the club as well guessing.
Whilst those methods seemed to work very much in his favour during their ten-game unbeaten run, it’s a system that can’t be sustainable through the season. This article from FourFourTwo in the wake of Leicester winning the title back in 2015/16 laid out precisely why keeping the same eleven can be a huge benefit to a side.
Eventually, Lamouchi has got to come up with his best side, and get a settled one together. A change every now and then is fine to deal with injuries/suspensions/rest, but to do it every week would just be asking too much of the players.