With left back still an area of concern, Nottingham Forest should be looking to see if they can sign Shrewsbury Town left back Nathanael Ogbeta.

With Yuri Ribeiro seemingly set to depart the club and with Gaetan Bong very much at the end of his shelf life, Forest could do with another left back.

At present, it seems that Tyler Blackett has made that slot his own, but it would be good if he had some top competition to keep him on his toes and also fill in should he be injured.

This is where Ogbeta would come in, as the 19-year-old has ripped up League One for Shrewsbury in the short time he has been there.

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SHREWSBURY, ENGLAND – MARCH 20: Nathanael Ogbeta of Shrewsbury Town and Lewie Coyle of Hull City during the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Hull City at Montgomery Waters Meadow on March 20, 2021 in Shrewsbury, England. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Ever since signing for Shrewsbury in January from Manchester City, Ogbeta has repeatedly shown that he is a cut above for League One.

In 17 games at left back, Ogbeta has two goals and two assists, while also averaging 1.9 dribbles a game from full back, as per WhoScored.

There are areas of his game to be worked on, as is natural for a 19-year-old, with only eight of his 51 crosses finding a target, but Ogbeta is a very exciting proposition.


Defensively he’s very sound too – he averages 1.4 tackles per game and 1.1 interceptions per game, while he rarely gives away fouls – 0.6 per game on average.

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GILLINGHAM, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: Nathanael Ogbeta of Shrewsbury Town and Stuart O’Keefe of Gillingham during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Shrewsbury Town at MEMS Priestfield Stadium on April 10, 2021 in Gillingham, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

In comparison to Forest’s current left backs, Ribeiro averages 0.7 tackles per game and one interception, while he gives away 1.1 fouls per game on average.

Blackett – albeit in less games – is similar, with 0.8 tackles per game and 0.9 interceptions on average, while Bong averages one tackle per game and 1.5 interceptions.

Considering Ogbeta has just a year left on his contract at Shrewsbury – understandable given it was a risk in signing him – Forest may not have to fork out a gigantic fee for his services.

By doing so, they’d also be signing the most exciting young left back in League One and would provide serious competition for Blackett in the process.

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