Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 at Swansea last night and a selection conundrum has presented itself.

Chris Hughton saw his team cruelly beaten thanks to a late Connor Roberts goal but the team performance was excellent.

One man who shone was Portuguese midfielder Cafu.

Playing alongside James Garner in the middle of the park he produced his best display and the partnership continues to grow.

The 27-year-old made his loan move from Olympiacos permanent earlier this month and is now starting to shine.

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The jury has been out since the former Legia Warsaw midfielder took his Forest bow but even his harshest critics have to tip their cap now.

Cafu has been excellent during recent weeks and has grown into the Championship.

His form of late has offered Hughton some food for thought and the boss has a big headache ahead of Saturday.

Ryan Yates returned to training this team and having been a regular this season, many will expect him to go straight back in.

Garner won’t be dropped having excelled since joining from Manchester United, leaving one shirt up for grabs.

 

On current form, Hughton can’t drop Cafu. He was one of Forest’s top performers last night and Yates might have to be patient.

That won’t sit nicely with some supporters who feel the academy graduate has been on of the better players this season.

Forest’s squad is on the strong side though and of late, players have shown a real desire to keep their place.

Nobody has done that more than Cafu and Yates could face a spell as a peripheral figure.

Nice headache

It speaks volumes that despite a season of struggle, Hughton still has players desperate to prove a point.

Back in October, the Forest boss raved about Cafu, telling Nottinghamshire Live: “He’s a player we like, he’s a very talented lad.”

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The manager has also been complementary on Yates and he’ll be mulling over a big decision on Saturday.

The biggest complement that Cafu can be paid is that Forest haven’t remotely missed Yates.

For now, he has possession of the shirt and on last night’s showing, he could quickly become an integral part of the Forest team.

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