Nottingham Forest added several new recruits to their ranks during the summer months, with many of them making quite an impact as they settle into life in English football.

The Reds signed 12 with a fair few arriving from overseas, raising eyebrows among some of the Forest faithful.

With the season two months old those suspicions on the new recruits have diminished with Sabri Lamouchi overseeing a run of 10 Championship games unbeaten.

Brice Samba, Samba Sow and Alfa Semedo have caught the eye; whilst Albert Adomah and Sammy Ameobi have shown glimpses of quality having arrived with second-tier expertise.

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One man who has seen his solid start slip under the radar somewhat is Yuri Ribeiro.

The little workhorse arrived to add some competition at left-back and on a free transfer, he already looks like becoming a shrewd piece of business by Forest.

The 22-year-old has already proved his versatility too. He has operated in his natural left-back position, but he has also done a job for the Reds out on the left-wing when called upon.

Forest sold utility man Ben Osborn in the summer. He joined Sheffield United for £3 million and there was some concern that it would leave the Reds with a void to fill.


Regardless of what any supporter thinks about Osborn was a hard worker who would offer the squad an ability to play anywhere he was asked to.

During the early stages of his City Ground career, Ribeiro has showcased attributes that suggest he is a very similar sort of player to Osborn.


He is strong in the tackle, savvy at both ends of the pitch and possesses a great engine – something that the now Sheffield United performer was constantly praised for.

During the time that Osborn spent at the City Ground, it’s fair to say that Forest didn’t have the best luck with injuries. He was asked to play in numerous positions and did so with minimal fuss.

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The squad which Ribero is now part of is perhaps more extensive than any which Osborn was part of. Lamouchi has added two players for pretty much every area on that pitch and that could allow the former Portugal under-21 international to stick to what he is good at.

It’s always useful to have a player of his nature, however. If Matty Cash were to pick up an injury, Forest would be short of a right-back. Given his determination and commitment so far, it wouldn’t be completely nonsensical to ask play Ribeiro there.

Some predicted that it might take years to find a player capable of replacing the versatility aspect that losing Osborn created. Just two months into the new season, however, Forest might have already found their man.

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