Tobias Figueiredo impressed again for Nottingham Forest in the 3-2 win over Blackburn, with Michael Dawson now finding himself stuck on the sidelines.

That is not an altogether unfamiliar position for the Reds’ club captain.

Since returning to the City Ground in 2018, staying on the field has proved to be an issue.

Early promise was offered in his debut campaign, only to then suffer an untimely injury.

History repeated itself 12 months on.

Dawson struck up a formidable centre-half partnership with Joe Worrall at the start of the 2019-20 season.

He then headed back to the treatment table in September.

In his absence, others were given an opportunity to impress.

Figueiredo prevailed in an audition which pitched him into competition with Chema Rodriguez.


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The Portuguese was, however, to be the man withdrawn from an experimental system at Millwall.

That decision suggested that Dawson and Worrall remained the go-to pairing.

A 4-0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday delivered much food for thought.

Dawson slipped back down the pecking order on the back of a forgettable afternoon against the Owls.

The last four games, which have delivered three wins and nine welcome points, have seen Figueiredo line up alongside Worrall.

Two clean sheets have been picked up in that time – the first shutouts since late November.

We are now back in ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ territory.

Barring unfortunate injuries or suspensions, why would Lamouchi tinker in that area again?

And if he doesn’t, then what does that mean for Dawson?

A home-grown talent remains a firm fan favourite and welcome presence in and around the dressing room.


His leadership skills, both on the field and off it, will continue to be put to good use.

How many minutes is he going to see though?

His contract is also ticking down.

Dawson is among those due to see their current agreements expire in the summer.

At 36 years of age, is there another deal to be done?

Will the former England international open himself up to one if the defensive baton is ready to be passed on?

Dawson has been talked up as managerial material and could easily slip into a coaching role at the end of the season.

He would bow out on his own terms having enjoyed a memorable career at the very highest level.

There is still a lot of water to pass under Trent Bridge before such decisions have to be taken, but it could be that the form of Figueiredo impacts on the thought process of a direct positional rival.

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