Nottingham Forest midfielder Cafu has been one of the surprise packages of the 2020/21 campaign.

His arrival was met with angst from supporters, with many presuming he’d be there as a mere gesture from Evangelos Marinakis.

He checked in from Olympiacos and was rarely-seen during the opening two months of the campaign.

During the first 10 games following his arrival he managed just 25 minutes of action during a 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough.

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Since starting a 0-0 draw with Watford, however, he has been a mainstay in the team.

Hughton has spoke fondly of him in the past and he now has 20 starts in the Garibaldi to his name.

It was perhaps not a surprise to many supporters when his loan was made permanent in January. In fairness, it was richly deserved.

Tomorrow could see Cafu face his biggest test in a Forest shirt.

If he returns to the starting line-up he is likely to come up against a player who is earning admiring glances from the Premier League.

The 19-year-old is wanted by Liverpool and Leeds, whilst Tottenham have also been linked with a move for the teenager.

Olise has scored five goals and registered nine assists during 2020/21. His most recent of his strikes came in last week’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

It was previously mentioned that Olise had a £8 million release clause in his contract; although Reading have since suggested otherwise.

Olise has two good feet, can score goals and is a constant menace when given the chance dictate the tempo from midfield.

Silencing the critics

Cafu came up against the starlet earlier in the season during a 2-0 loss at the Madesjski Stadium.

It’s fair to say he was still adapting to life in England then and that day the challenge proved too strong.

Now, he has a real chance to really put some emphasis on his meteoric rise through the Forest ranks.

Some supporters still don’t see the fascination with Cafu and that does seem harsh.

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He works hard, brings balance to the midfield and is extremely comfortable in possession.

Some can’t look past the fact that he’s an unknown signing who has come from an inferior foreign league.

Coming out on top against Olise tomorrow might see him silence his critics once and for all.

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