Nuno Da Costa is eager to make his mark at Nottingham Forest, with the winter window signing from Strasbourg looking to hit the ground running.

The Reds were in the market for quick fixes in January.

Said additions are notoriously difficult to find.

Not everybody can be a Cristiano Ronaldo.

Da Costa, though, wants to deliver on both counts as he prepares to open an English adventure.

A man born in Cape Verde and raised in Portugal is following in some illustrious footsteps.

He has said in the Nottingham Post: “I remember when I was a kid, watching Manchester United and players like Dwight Yorke playing over here. And Portuguese players like Cristiano Ronaldo playing in England.

“It was quite easy to make the decision to come here.

“I think playing over here can suit me.

“Every player with the same kind of profile as me has succeeded here, so why not me?”

A welcome twist on the infamous Mario Balotteli line.

Instead of ‘why always me?’, Da Costa is favouring the ‘why not me?’ approach.


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Good luck to him.

He is going to need the odd slice if lofty ambition is to be fulfilled.

A man acquired for a reported €2 million (£1.7m) – according to the Post – is right to suggest that he fits the mould for Forest.

The 28-year-old is the same height as Lewis Grabban (six foot), but is more rangy.

His ability in the air could prove to be a useful asset.

Sabri Lamouchi has missed that kind of threat in the final third since bidding farewell to Daryl Murphy.

Da Costa has added: “The club were searching for a player with my kind of profile, so they came to me and we talked a little bit.

“They told me about the project, which I liked, and they started talking with my previous club.

“I’ve enjoyed being with my team-mates so far, learning about them and the club itself.

“It’s been a nice experience – my first time in England, so I’m trying to adapt as fast as I can and then try to get in the team.

“They are taking care of me, so I’m confident I can adapt quickly.”

Forest need that bedding in period to be as smooth as possible.


Lamouchi needs instant return to be offered on investments of both money and faith.

Da Costa has no pre-season in which to get adjusted.

It is sink or swim from here.

He was not thrown straight in at the deep end against Birmingham.

That is probably because, despite the immediacy of demands on Trentside, he is a little rusty.

Da Costa has not seen any competitive football since December 21.

That is no minutes in seven weeks.

When looking to shed a positive light on that, he should be fresh.

He will, however, need time in which to get up to speed.

A new country, language, division, team-mates and manager has piled plenty onto his plate.

The hope is for feast not famine.

Only time will tell, though, whether Da Costa can tread a similar path to Ronaldo or beat a hasty one back to continental Europe.

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