Nottingham Forest defender Tobias Figueiredo has been named in a Team of the Year featuring the best Portuguese players from the 2019/20 campaign by football app Sofa Score.

To qualify for selection players must simply play in a European league and Figueiredo is the only player in the team not playing in the top-flight currently.

The 26-year-old enjoyed his best season in a Forest shirt during last season, playing 34 games and enjoying a prolonged spell in the team.

Since arriving in 2018, initially on loan, Figueiredo has found first-team football hard to come by.

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He checked in permanently during the summer of 2018, costing £1.8 million from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.

He started the 2018/19 campaign as a regular under Aitor Karanka but picked up an injury in a 1-0 defeat against QPR in December, curtailing his campaign.

This season Sabri Lamouchi didn’t view him as a first choice either. He sat out the first nine games of the campaign and was seemingly fourth choice behind Joe Worrall, Michael Dawson and Chema Rodriguez.

 

After earning a chance in January’s 1-1 draw at Blackburn he never really looked back and would make 30 appearances for Forest in the Championship.

Esteemed company

Figueiredo’s inclusion in Sofa Score’s Portuguese Team of the Year is perhaps all the more special given the players alongside him.

A front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernando Silva and Andre Silva make up the attack, with three other Premier League players also in the team.

Wolves duo Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho are part of a midfield three, with Joao Cancelo of Manchester City at right-back.

Forest ended the 2019/20 campaign in disappointing style, missing out on a play-off place despite occupying a top-six spot since Boxing Day.

They will hope to return for another stab at reaching the play-offs next season and players like Figueiredo will be integral.

Academy graduate Joe Worrall typically wins the plaudits when it comes to defenders but Figueiredo is arguably just as important.

His heading is among the best in the squad, he’s strong in the tackle and also possesses strong positional sense.

If Figueiredo could become more astute when it comes to playing out from the back, Forest would have themselves an even better defender.

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