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Nottingham Forest must stop playing Sammy Ameobi at number ten

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… 

Nottingham Forest continued their impressive form under manager Sabri Lamouchi as they made it nine straight games without tasting defeat on Tuesday evening.

The Reds now sit fourth in the Championship, just two points behind league leaders Swansea.

Blackburn Rovers opened the scoring just after the hour mark as Adam Armstrong rounded off a scathing counter-attack, but Forest hit back almost instantly through Joe Lolley, who slammed home another one of his usual screamers.

However, Lamouchi’s side did well to hold on to a point as Rovers mounted a surge in the final ten minutes, piling on the pressure with ten shots and 76.4% possession, per WhoScored.

The Frenchman has frequently chopped and changed his side throughout the early season, with only three players starting all ten matches.

One particular move on Tuesday proved that he needs to calm down on team selection and stick with players in their natural positions.

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Surprisingly, left-back duo Yuri Ribeiro and Jack Robinson were named in the starting line up, but neither deputised in the absence of Michael Dawson at centre-back.

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Instead, the Portuguese defender was played higher up the pitch, which meant that Sammy Ameobi was moved centrally to play as a number ten behind Lewis Grabban.

After that performance, it would be wise not to play him there again.

The 27-year-old had an off game, recording a passing success rate of just 64% while he was also dispossessed twice, which suggests he struggled to meet the demands of being a central attacking midfielder.

You need to be good with your feet in order to either spread the ball wide to your wingers or to find that killer pass to the striker.

He did neither on Tuesday night.

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At 6 foot 4, Ameobi is quite clearly a towering presence amongst the Forest side, but to play him as your creative outlet just seems daft when his gangly figure is more needed out wide in his natural wing position where you can float out long balls to him.

Lamouchi had both Joao Carvalho and Tiago Silva in the squad, who are the natural choices for that role as between them both they have assisted three goals, making the decision seem even more absurd.

Surely after that performance, the Frenchman will steer clear of ever doing that again.

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