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Well that certainly was a turn up for the books.
It was almost as if he read what we wrote about him last week and decided to put in an ‘I’ll show you’ performance.
We said last week that if you just looked at the raw numbers of the situation, it was rather baffling to see Yuri Ribeiro constantly in the starting line-up for Nottingham Forest. It was even more baffling when you compared it to his main contender for that spot in Jack Robinson.
However, he knuckled down and put in quite a performance, enough so that he managed to be named in the WhoScored.com Team of the Week for his displays.
If you take a look at his numbers (from WhoScored), it’s obvious to see why. He made 5 tackles, completed 40 passes, 3 of them leading to chances while also amassing an 82% pass completion rate, and having a 100% dribble success rate too.
There are a number of questions that come off a performance like that. Can he be trusted to keep up this level of performance going forward, or was this merely a one-off performance?
Did he ‘step up to the occasion’ as it were, given the magnitude of a match with Derby County? Is he going to return to the norm once we get back from the international break? It all remains to be seen.
Maybe this was something that was always going to happen once he’d had a chance to get settled into the first team. He only arrived in the summer from Benfica, but even if simply settling down was the case, it’s taken an awfully long time for those adjustments to kick into place.
Hopefully, this performance wasn’t the exception and can instead become the rule.
Nottingham Forest haven’t got much room for error when it comes to promotion this season, with FiveThirtyEight giving them just a 15% chance of getting promoted this season. That means that he can’t afford to go back to the levels of production that made us question his position in the first place.