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Nottingham Forest’s Joao Carvalho compared to Stan Collymore

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Nottingham Forest’s former full-back Colin Barrett has compared club-record signing Joao Carvalho to another ex-player in talisman Stan Collymore – talking to Seat Pitch.

What’s he said?

Barrett’s career was cut short through injury, but that didn’t stop him from winning a number of prestigious trophies beforehand.

Initially joining Brian Clough’s team in 1976, the defender went on to win the 1979 European Cup, even bagging a goal against Liverpool on the way – on top of two Football League Cups.

He believes that the Portuguese playmaker has similar aspects to that of Collymore, who lit up the City Ground in the 1994/95 season, scoring 22 goals in 32 appearances giving Forest a third-place finish in the Premier League.

Speaking to Seat Pitch, Barrett said:

“You need that somebody who gives you a spark, who gets you going.

“Stan Collymore – it’s a little bit different what Stan used to do, but he used to raise the roof and that’s what you need. When you get these players performing at their best, there is nothing better to watch.

“You aren’t going to get that every single game but what you can do with Carvalho is what he showed in the equaliser against Preston, when he came on and passed the ball through.

“He’s got the vision and provided you have got the people around making runs and in the right spaces, I think he can find them.”

Pressure-cooker environment

The way the modern game is now, everything is compartmentalised – there’s just so much pressure to perform.

Carvalho is only 22 and carries the weight of being the club’s £13.2m record man.

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His season so far hasn’t gone to plan, but that’s only because he’s had to shake off an injury that kept him out of pre-season.

Though, he’s already shown glimpses of the early promise displayed last season by assisting a goal in just 100 minutes’ worth of league football, per WhoScored.

At times last season, he looked like someone who could inject a spark just as Collymore did, contributing to 12 goals.

He may well have an impact that gets fans cheering, but that sort of form will only be recognised by teams well above the level of Forest too.

As a result, it’s unlikely that the attacking midfielder would become a legend in the east Midlands.

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