This piece is part of our ‘End of Season Report’ feature, where here at Nottingham Forest News we will reflect and mark the performances of our squad from the Championship campaign that recently concluded.
Following on from Matty Cash we switch over to the left-hand side of the defence and study Yuri Ribeiro.
The 24-year-old proved to be an astute signing; despite checking in last summer as an unknown quantity from Benfica.
With Jack Robinson already in place at the City Ground, it was anticipated the youngster would simply provide backup for Sabri Lamouchi.
Having sat out the first six league games of the season, he was handed a start in the 1-0 win against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
From that point, the former Rio Ave loanee never looked back and went onto make 27 Championship appearances for the club.
Ribeiro was tipped by some to be a dark horse in the race to win the club’s Player of the Year award and it’ll be interesting to see where he does finish in that running.
Highlights during his maiden campaign included featuring in two wins over Derby and a couple over Brentford.
Summary – Tireless Ribeiro could be a star in years to come
His performance after the restart in a game against Bristol City was perhaps highlighted exactly what Ribeiro is all about.
A video after the game showed the Portuguese workhorse sprinting back to defend in the 94th minute of a game, having helped the Reds break forward.
He is energetic, strong in the tackle and also compliments the team nicely going forward.
Naturally, as a youngster he does make the odd mistake but in fairness to him, they have been few and far between this season.
Forest offloaded Jack Robinson to Sheffield United in the January window and thanks to Ribeiro they haven’t missed the ex-QPR defender.
After a promising maiden season at the City Ground, supporters will surely be delighted at what’s to come in the future from the left-back.
End of Season Grade: B
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