It may be early days in his Nottingham Forest career, but on loan midfielder Filip Krovinovic is already being viewed as a key player.

For the whole season so far, Forest have struggled to link up the midfield and attack – be it from injuries or otherwise – so the Croatian’s arrival was always going to be a round peg in a round hole situation.

However, while it has only been two games, the 25-year-old’s impact has been exceptional and he is looking like the key to Forest getting out of the relegation battle they find themselves in.

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A natural fit

Forest have largely had to play Cafu in that advanced midfield role given Luke Freeman’s fitness woes, with mixed results.


Cafu has always put a shift in, but you can tell it’s not his natural game to play that further up the pitch – even if he has chipped in with two assists this season.

With Krovinovic however, it seems very much hand in glove and his impact against both Barnsley and Coventry City has been notable, with it looking a much more comfortable fit.

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Instant impact

Already you can see it working and the second goal against Coventry was started by Krovinovic on the other side of the pitch.

The Benfica midfielder got stuck in to keep the ball and then stretched the Coventry backline by quickly spreading it across the middle to Cafu, who in turn found James Garner.

This allowed Garner to pick out an unmarked Anthony Knockaert, whose flick to Cyrus Christie led to the cross the own goal came from.

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West Brom’s loss, Forest’s gain

The tenacity, strength and desire Krovinovic showed in his part for that goal does make you wonder why Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion opted to cut his loan spell short.

However, it is very much a case of their loss and Forest’s gain, as Krovinovic seems the perfect solution for Forest’s 4-2-3-1 formation and has already proved to be that missing link they’ve craved all season.

It goes without saying that Forest are very much still in a relegation fight, but with Krovinovic in their side, those relegation fears could ease rather quickly.

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