Portuguese defender Tobias Figueiredo has flattered to deceive for Nottingham Forest during a large part of the 2020/21 campaign.

He like many others struggled to shake off last season’s capitulation, suffering a confidence crisis.

Chris Hughton has backed him as a primary member of his back four, however, and he’s starting to repay such loyalty.

Forest have a plethora of central defensive options to call upon but Figueiredo has largely been a mainstay.

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Some stats from Who Scored on Saturday, highlight a superb performance by the man-mountain defender.

They show that he made no fewer than 10 clearances during the 1-1 draw which is more than the rest of the Forest team put together.

He also made four interceptions and emerged successful from four aerial battles with the opposition.

Forest earned themselves a 1-1 draw thanks to a second half goal by Filip Krovinovic.

The Croatian scored his first goal for the club, cancelling out Ivan Toney’s first half penalty following a foul by Gaetan Bong.

 

It was the team’s defensive performance which perhaps caught the eye though.

Scott McKenna and Cyrus Christie received plenty of plaudits but looking at the statistics it would seem Figueiredo has slipped under the radar.

Capable

The man signed from Sporting Lisbon in 2018 isn’t without fault by any means.

Likewise, he’s nowhere near as bad as some have made out and there’s a player in there somewhere.

Playing out from the back isn’t really the 27-year-old’s style and if that is the remit going forward, perhaps he wouldn’t be the man for the job.

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Right now with Forest scrapping for their lives, he is clearly getting his defensive duties right.

For Figueiredo to continue in the team long-term he certainly needs to stop making the silly mistakes that have riddled his 2020/21 campaign.

With Joe Worrall in the mix to return for the Cardiff game, the centre-back has given Chris Hughton some food for thought at the very least.

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