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They won in spite of him, rather than because of him.
That’s possibly the best way you can describe Ryan Yates’ contribution to the victory on Saturday. Yates has been making his way back from an operation on his knee that has kept him out for the early part of the season.
We spoke on FFC previously about how Yates needed to take his chance now that he has been given a spell in the first team, and after his display on Saturday, it’s fair to say that perhaps this wasn’t his best performance in a Nottingham Forest shirt.
His numbers on the day weren’t all that impressive and he found himself being shown up by his midfield partner Tiago Silva (all stats from WhoScored).
He only had 40 touches during the game, so it’s clear to see that he went missing for large parts of the game, compare that to Silva who had 74 and you can tell who was running the show that day.
With a pass completion percentage of 59.3%, it was the worst of any of the starting XI for both teams. Add to that he was dispossessed two times and it provides evidence of a meagre display from the Forest man.
Again if you compare that back to Silva who had a pass completion percentage of 75.5%, to say that his performance overshadowed Yates’ would be an understatement.
He didn’t contribute much in terms of defence either, managing just 1 tackle and failing to register an interception either. For Silva those numbers were 4 and 3. You can see a pattern developing here.
Competition for places in central midfield is incredibly tight at the City Ground, with Sabri Lamouchi having plenty of options to choose from, especially when the likes of Alfa Semedo and Samba Sow return from their respective injuries.
So whilst this game might be a bit of a blip for him, he’s going to have to show something in training during the international break to show that it really was a clip rather than something that could become a trend in the future.