Nuno Da Costa has taken a swipe at former Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi for his style of play and for playing him out of position, during an interview with Belgian outlet DH.

The forward checked in at Royal Excel Mouscron on transfer deadline day, signing terms on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Da Costa played 13 times for the Reds failing to find the net and registering just one assist in the Garibaldi.

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He checked in for £1.8 million from French outfit Strasbourg back in January, during a window which many supporters feel cost the Reds a shot at promotion.

The Cape Verdian doesn’t feel Forest fans ever saw his real quality due to the style which Lamouchi played, whilst he also didn’t like the fact he was often utilised on the flanks.

He told DH: “In Ligue 1 we could put the game down. In the Championship, it’s a direct game with lots of commitment.

“The confinement allowed me to adapt to this particular style by gaining muscle but it’s not what I like. I like to rush and not wait behind in a block.

“I want to get back to my number 9 feeling. In England, I was playing on the sides but that’s not my job. Badibanga and Tabekou here are real wingers by training. They can give me some good balls.”

Da Costa’s comments won’t sit well with supporters.


Although Lamouchi’s style was often deemed ultra-defensive, it’s fair to say that the 29-year-old never looked like being a capable Championship performer.

He often flattered to deceive and rarely showed the form that suggested a long-term future at Forest.

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For 25 minutes away at Preston he looked extremely lively, winning Forest a penalty in a 1-1 draw but that was as good as it got.

Forest supporters will hope the forward does well in Belgian and earns himself a permanent move at the end of the campaign.

The Reds need to move more players on and that strategy is likely to remain for the next window or two at the very least.

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