Yuri Ribeiro joined Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2019 and quickly set about endearing himself to the City Ground natives.

Of that there is no doubt.

There is also no debating the fact that he was snapped up as a free agent.

Said deal has been made to look like quite the bargain.

A man who committed to a five-year deal with Benfica in 2018 was cut loose 12 months later.

The Portuguese giants’ loss has been Forest’s gain.

How long, though, is he tied to the Reds?

No announcement was made regarding contract length upon his arrival.

The club’s official website merely stated that he had been acquired on a “permanent deal” when arriving alongside season-long loanee Alfa Semedo.

How much faith was shown in Ribeiro’s potential at that stage?

He was a relatively unknown quantity when putting pen to paper.

Future

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Sabri Lamouchi slipped into the same category and was handed a one-year contract.

Sammy Ameobi was also given 12 months.

Samba Sow, Tiago Silva and Brice Samba were all tied down beyond the summer of 2020.

Where does Ribeiro sit on that list?

Given that there has been no indication of extensions being thrashed out, you would assume that there is no threat to his immediate future.

Lamouchi and Ameobi are, however, yet to be tied down long-term.

Given that Ribeiro arrived as a 22-year-old with plenty to offer, you would imagine that he was given more than a season to find his feet in new surroundings.

The fact that he has required considerably less is testament to the player he is and can still become.

Progress has been rapid to this point.

Everything you could want from a modern day full-back, the Portuguese boasts in his armoury.

A willing runner down the flanks – in both directions – a combative edge has emerged in his game.

Challenge

 

Adjusting to the demands of English football can be tricky for some.

Ribeiro can point to a few fellow countrymen on Trentside as examples of that.

He has, however, embraced the physicality of life in Championship and is not one to back down from a challenge.

Saturday’s rather eventful meeting with West Brom proved as much.

Having been cut down just below the knee by Jake Livermore early on, Ribeiro could have retreated into his shell.

He didn’t, he merely kept going back for more.

A left-back spot in Lamouchi’s plans has very much been nailed down.

Competition from the likes of Jack Robinson and Chema Rodriguez has been seen off, with neither now on Forest’s books.

Gaetan Bong was snapped up from Brighton in January, but he appears destined to fill a back-up role.

Ribeiro is proving himself to an immovable object.

Here’s hoping that theory applies as much off the field as on it, with a long-term contract stretching out in front of him in NG2.

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