This piece is part of a new feature, where here at Nottingham Forest News we will reflect and mark the performances of our squad from the Championship campaign that recently concluded.

Next up, we head to right-back and take a look at Cyrus Christie. The defender checked in from Fulham on loan just after the season had started.

He arrived having helped the Cottagers into the Premier League, winning the Play-Off Final at the expense of Brentford.

On the face of things he checked in as a proven Championship defender and it was hoped he would fill the void left by Matty Cash.

His arrival knocked Carl Jenkinson down the pecking order and allowed Jordan Gabriel to head out on loan.

What did he do well?

One aspect of Christie’s game that was pleasing was his ability to get forward.

It took some time for him to get going in the Garibaldi but his work rate and willingness to maraud forward was never in doubt.

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He played 44 times for the Reds and once he grew into the season, he was impressive in a number of games.

Since the turn of the year, Christie proved a capable performer and his work rate was never in question.

Where can he improve?

Christie’s consistency badly let him down. It probably took him three or four months to really settle down and start to perform.

 

Not only that but his defending often let him down throughout the campaign.

Whilst it wasn’t as bad as some supporters often made out, he did struggle up against some of the quicker wingers in the Championship.

Furthermore, Christie’s delivery into the box after getting himself forward was often found wanting.

Summary

Christie grew into his time at Forest and by the end of the 2020/21 campaign he’d proved a lot of his doubters wrong.

That said, there were plenty of flaws in his game and that will perhaps scupper his chances of a permanent move to the City Ground.

He did register five assists for the Reds and during the second half of the season he proved his worth to the team.

It does seem unlikely that Christie will return to Forest on a permanent basis. The 28-year-old earns £20,000-a-week at Fulham and the Reds have Jordan Gabriel returning.

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The 28-cap international didn’t fill the void left by Cash last summer but then that was always going to be a thankless task.

His loan served a purpose but now it’s probably best for both parties to move on.

Season rating: 6.5/10

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