It’s almost a week since Nottingham Forest saw their promotion dreams evaporate and naturally a post-mortem will take place among supporters.

One man who many fans believe could have played a part during 2019/20 is midfielder Claudio Yacob.

The Argentine ace left the club for Uruguayan outfit Nacional in January, sparking intrigue among the Forest faithful.

After featuring in pre-season under Sabri Lamouchi, it came as a surprise when he was completely frozen out once the season began.

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Yacob was an eyecatching signing when Aitor Karanka added him back in 2018. He had left West Brom where he made 160 Premier League appearances.

For whatever reason at the City Ground though, his face just never seemed to fit.

He played 10 games under Karanka before his departure in January and was then named captain in Martin O’Neill’s first game in charge.

After that game, however, O’Neill barely used him as Yacob played just 11 minutes between January and May.


He failed to feature in any of Lamouchi’s squads and he was eventually moved on in January.

Sadly, since the restart Yacob is perhaps exactly the type of player that Forest needed to get them over the line.

The man with two Argentina caps to his name is calm, composed and is capable of picking out a forward pass.

Not only that but he’s a man for the big occasion. A player you’d want with you in the trenches and someone who rolls up their sleeves when the going gets tough.


Ben Watson enjoyed a solid season but at 34 he was visibly spent by the time Stoke had rubbed salt in Forest wounds last Wednesday.

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Academy graduate Ryan Yates is capable but at this stage of his career, is he really a better player than Yacob might have proved?

Samba Sow struggled to maintain his fitness and Yacob could have at least provided some quality competition from the bench.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, especially in football but there is enough evidence that perhaps Yacob was allowed to leave too soon.

The challenge for Forest in the summer is to try and find a player with similar qualities to the man who played just 17 times for the Reds.

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Jack Colback would fulfil such criteria and on a free transfer that could be an avenue for Forest to explore.

For now, the Reds faithful are left to ponder what might have happened had they let Yacob see out his contract and play a part during the 2019/20 campaign.

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