After the kind of awful run Nottingham Forest were on before their clash against Norwich on Wednesday night, even the most optimistic of fans probably headed into the game with little to feel confident about.
And so it proved. Chris Hughton’s side slipped to yet another defeat, losing 2-1 to the Canaries, and they really are in the midst of a relegation battle.
But whilst they’re having some serious troubles trying to find some attacking rhythm – they’ve managed just ten league goals all season – they haven’t been much better at the other end either.
Wednesday’s clash against Norwich was yet another reminder why the club may have made a huge mistake in not allowing Tobias Figueiredo leave the club in the summer.
Reports from The Athletic a couple of months ago suggested that the centre-back was the most likely departure from the club, and that he was “understood to be keen on the idea of a return to his native Portugal for non-football related reasons”.
Based on his performance against Norwich, and his form all season, they really should have cashed in. As per Sofascore, he won just four duels all night, made just one tackle, and had no interceptions whatsoever.
Add that to the fact he can suffer from a lapse in concentration at the back, and it’s become so obvious that Hughton desperately needs to make a decision on the defender.
#nffc Figueiredo is guaranteed to make mistakes; I’d rather those mistakes were made by a young, developing centre back learning his trade
— Shaun (@aryan86) December 9, 2020
According to Whoscored, he’s averaged a measly 6.63 match rating per game in the Championship, and with the January transfer window right around the corner, now might be the perfect time to get rid.