Nottingham Forest have a wealth of centre-half options at their disposal, but where does Tobias Figueiredo fit within that puzzle?

For many, he should be among the first names on the teamsheet.

The Portuguese, to his supporters, brings something different to the table.

He combines the attributes which others boast in isolation.

Yohan Benalouane is a brute of a defender, all power and broken cheekbones.

Michael Dawson, meanwhile, is comfortable on the ball and strong in the air.

Joe Worrall will never back down from a challenge and remains a bundle of energy, while Alexander Milosevic is a reassuring and commanding presence.

Figueiredo boasts all of those qualities.

Or at least he appears to!

Fragile

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Sabri Lamouchi, though, appears to be less than convinced.

Maybe he is keeping the 25-year-old back after an injury-ravaged 2018-19 campaign.

Best not to push those who can be a little fragile.

On the other hand, perhaps the new Reds boss prefers the alternatives available to him.

As things stand, Figueiredo has taken in one pre-season start.

Which came in the 3-0 victory over Atromitos.

He was previously given 45 minutes off the bench after being introduced at half-time against Alfreton.

Just over an hour was completed versus Atromitos, before getting 18 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to Olympiakos.

Lamouchi then overlooked him completely in the 1-0 win at home to Crystal Palace.

Experimentation

 

Milosevic has started two of the three games for which he has been available.

Dawson has been included from the off twice and been introduced in the 63rd minute twice, while Worrall has made three starting XIs and one substitute outing.

Experimentation or a sign of things to come?

Figueiredo will be hoping for the former.

He was unfortunate to be struck down last season when showing signs of forging a productive partnership with Dawson.

A clean slate for everybody, though, has him back at square one.

It may be that he gets stuck there.

Opportunities will inevitably come his way, with injuries, suspensions and dips in form to take into account.

It does, however, appear that Figueiredo will not be as prominent in Forest’s plans at the start of the 2019-20 campaign as many may have hoped or expected.

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