Chris Hughton heaped praise on midfielder Cafu after Nottingham Forest saw off Sheffield Wednesday at the City Ground.
The Reds won 2-0 thanks to goals from Yuri Ribeiro and Lewis Grabban but it was the Portuguese midfielder who drew a special mention.
The 27-year-old played a delightful ball cross-field for Ribeiro’s opening goal and was a constant menace for Wednesday throughout.
Hughton saw his side win for the first time in eight matches and will know that his team must now kick on and climb the Championship.
Cafu’s latest performance might have earned himself a regular run in the Forest team and his boss was clearly delighted afterwards.
Hughton told Nottinghamshire Live: “I was really pleased with him, he’s a real bonus for us.
“We’ve learnt about him. I didn’t know too much about him before I got here. He is more of an offensive player.
“In a very quick period of time, he’s learnt about the game over here.
“I think he can play in a two-man midfield, but his strengths are really what you see – getting on the ball and creating.”
Could Cafu become an unsung hero for Forest?
On last night’s form he certainly can.
It’s a bit of myth among some Forest supporters that overseas players are duds who don’t grasp the Championship.
There is no shame in needing some time to get up to speed in a different country and last night could be just the start for Cafu.
He was energetic, creative and was always looking to get Forest playing on the front foot.
Too many supporters are often guilty of judging the club’s foreign imports on one game – or in some cases one half of football.
They need time to develop and to be fair to Hughton he’s stuck with Cafu and seen something in him.
His comments suggest that he won’t be coming out of the team any time soon.
With more games under his belt he could prove a really useful player for Forest during the second half of the season.