The influx of Portuguese talent at Nottingham Forest continues, with Yuri Ribeiro and Alfa Semedo the latest to link up with the Reds.

A double deal has been announced on the club’s official website.

Ribeiro is a Portugal U21 team-mate of Joao Carvalho and a man most at home in the left-back berth.

A position which has presented Forest with plenty of headaches down the years.

But not one that is considered to be an issue in the present.

Jack Robinson has shown himself to be a welcome addition to the ranks in that area of the field.

What does the arrival of Ribeiro mean for him?


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His signing would appear to be a nod towards welcome competition for places.

Reds legend Kenny Burns told the Nottingham Post back in May when it comes to transfer priorities for the summer window: “We need one, possibly two strikers, and we definitely need a left-back, because once again that can be a problem area for us.

“Jack Robinson has made that position his own and has done well, but we need some cover for him.

“We’ve tried Jack Colback and Ben Osborn there – and I’ve made my thoughts on that clear. We really need someone who’s a natural in that position.”

Forest have been linked with a number of options since those words were uttered.

Caner Cavlan of FC Emmen was said to be a target for Martin O’Neill at one stage.

So was Martin Olsson, with the Swede available as a free agent following his release by Swansea.

Ribeiro is the latest addition to that list.

And Nottingham is now his next port of call.

With no experience of English football, and limited senior outings in his homeland, it would be a surprise to see him drafted straight into the Forest XI.

Especially at the expense of Robinson.

Maybe, though, Sabri Lamouchi has an altogether different plan up his sleeve.

Could the Reds revert to the three at the back system which captured the imagination in a late-season 3-0 win over Middlesbrough in 2018-19?



If that is the case, then would Robinson be shifted inside – as he was by O’Neill?

Forest are hardly short of centre-half options, with Joe Worrall back in the fold and the likes of Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo returned to fitness.

Robinson, though, offers a more natural, left-footed fit in that three-man formation.

Ribeiro could slot in at wing-back, or compete with the likes of Ben Osborn for that berth.

He, unlike fellow countryman Tiago Silva, appears to be a squad option.

An addition to provide greater depth.

He will not be ousting Robinson from the starting line-up – although he could contribute towards a tactical tweak.

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