Nottingham Forest confirmed the signing of Cafu late last night as he arrived on a season-long loan deal from Olympiacos.
The move comes just days after Tiago Silva swapped Nottingham for Greece and signed terms with the Athens-based club.
With Cafu all checked in at the City Ground, we can hear you asking what you need to know about the latest foreign import to bless our shores.
Here is a look at five facts about the midfield player.
- Cafu – not that one – is a Portuguese midfield player and a versatile one at that.
- Don’t be fooled by the term ‘defensive midfielder’ when it comes to the 27-year-old. He can operate in that role but has also played plenty of games as a No.8.
- Cafu has experience across Europe. As well as Olympiacos he has played for Legia Warsaw, Vitoria, Lorient, Mets and was on the books at Benfica without making a first-team appearance.
- The player has actually scored this season. He recently stepped off the bench to seal a 2-0 victory against Panetolikos.
- Interestingly, Cafu only signed for Olympiacos in January. He has made 13 appearances for the club, including a late cameo against Wolves in the Europa League.
What they say about him
An Olympiacos fan site was quick to give Paul Taylor from The Athletic a verdict on what Forest are getting and it doesn’t sound all bad.
He Tweeted shortly after the deal was announced.
He’s a solid ball winner, a real bulldog in the midfield. In games he plays he always is one of the top in pressures, interceptions, and recoveries. Decent ball control, not a guy that can take players on though. Will maintain possession and is physical.
— Gate 7 International Podcast (@Gate7Intl) October 5, 2020
As with any overseas addition, his signing will be met by an air of intrigue and given that results aren’t going well on the pitch this one maybe more so.
Cafu is a versatile midfield performer capable of playing the holding role or a position between the lines as a number eight.
He has the experience, isn’t afraid to put himself about and could – whisper it quietly to some supporters – be a useful addition.
With the disappointments of the last few months negativity is being highlighted among supporters and Cafu’s signing hasn’t done anything to appease them.
The player has now checked in though and as with any other player, he should get supporters full backing.
If the signing doesn’t work out, he’s only on loan and will probably just head back to Olympiacos in the summer.