Nottingham Forest finally severed their ties with Claudio Yacob on Monday afternoon, as his contract was mutually terminated.

The Argentine is set to join Nacional in Uruguay, ending a frustrating time of things at the City Ground.

Yacob arrived on Trentside to bolster Aitor Karanka’s squad in September 2018.

After building up his fitness, he made his debut in November during a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United on Trentside.

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Following a strong debut he made 16 further appearances for the Reds and it’s fair to say he didn’t have a bad game for the club.

Yacob was typically a steady performer. In terms of ratings, he’d rarely drop lower than a seven out of 10 in each game.

So why, if that was the case, did it never really work for the Argentine at Forest?

There is a strong case to suggest that the man with two caps for his country was the right player at the wrong time on Trentside.


Having signed a player boasting 160 Premier League appearances, it seemed as though Yacob would become a tremendous signing.

Various things transpired against him, however. Karanka endured an injury crisis at centre-half and threw Yacob in at the back, before leaving the club just over a month after his debut.

Martin O’Neill came in and for his first game in charge, he made him captain.

Yacob only played nine minutes of the following game and would then find himself down the Northern Irishman’s pecking order.


When O’Neill departed it seemed as though Yacob might earn a second chance.

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The ex-West Brom man went on pre-season tours to Greece and Spain and featured in several of Forest’s friendly contests.

When the season started, however, Yacob was nowhere near the squad. It even emerged that the midfielder wasn’t even training with the first-team once the season commenced.

Although Yacob has filled in at the back, he is at home as a midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 system.

That has perhaps seen him out of favour with Lamouchi preferring the industrious Samba Sow with Ben Watson in the form of his life in the holding role.

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Many supporters had their say on Twitter following Yacob’s departure yesterday.

There wasn’t a bad word said and his failings at Forest will remain a mystery but they certainly aren’t based on performance.

Yacob always worked tirelessly and will somewhat sadly be viewed as the right type of player at the wrong time in the history of Nottingham Forest.

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