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, we move over to left-back and take a look at the performances of Yuri Ribeiro.

After the 2019/20 campaign, plenty anticipated the Portuguese star to kick on during last season.

Things didn’t really transpire though and he faced a constant battle to force his way into the Forest team.

Forest had Tyler Blackett and Gaetan Bong in competition for his place and he occasionally found himself on the fringes.

What did he do well?

The best thing he did was to maintain that he wanted to stay at the club.

Some reports suggested that Ribeiro was to head with Tiago Silva to Olympiacos – but the 24-year-old stood firm and wanted to stay in Nottingham.

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As a result, he only featured in one squad during the first eight games of the season, with many speculating he had been banished from the first-team.

He did return to the fold eventually. Ribeiro would make 26 appearances in total for Forest during 2020/21.

The left-back proved himself as probably the club’s best player in his position.

Ribeiro is a workaholic and his commitment to the cause and his desire to do well has never been in question.

 

Where can he improve?

It’s fair to say that Ribeiro failed to scale the heights which earned him rave reviews during 2019/20.

Clearly, it didn’t help that he was heavily rotated during the current campaign, with Chris Hughton very rarely seeming overly convinced with him.

He was often found wanting defensively and capable wingers typically enjoyed a lot of success against him.

That said, at 24 there is time for him to develop and he’s obviously not the finished article just yet.

Summary

Ribeiro’s two years are up at Forest and it seems as though the player will now leave on a free transfer.

His departure probably does leave Forest needing a new left-back but it’s by no means the end of the world.

Ribeiro showcased real talent during his first year at the club but struggled to replicate such form during 2020/21.

If Hughton isn’t convinced by him then the best policy will be to seek someone who he does fancy at left-back.

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Ribeiro could be set for a move back overseas and perhaps he’s better suited to football on the continent.

The Portuguese performer always looked like he enjoyed his time at the City Ground but perhaps now is the ideal time for both parties to move on.

Season rating: 6

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