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.

Staying at centre-back we take a look at how Tobias Figueiredo did for Nottingham Forest during 2020/21.

The Portuguese player was handed plenty of chances to play throughout the campaign.

Injuries to Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna meant that Chris Hughton had to call him 31 times.

He showcased some good aspects to his game but also had plenty of moments to forget.

What did he do well?

Figueiredo is relatively strong in the tackle and will often stick his body on the line.

His 25 tackles across the campaign were more than both Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna made (Who Scored).

He also made 48 interceptions – again more than Forest’s first-choice central defensive pairing.

Forest Figueiredo.
Figueiredo in action for Forest; Photo; Justin Setterfield; Getty Images

That isn’t always enough though and 2020/21 wasn’t exactly his finest season.

He did look pretty solid when Hughton first came to the club.

Figueiredo played in the boss’ first game in charge at Blackburn and did well as Forest won 1-0.

He also did particularly well during a 1-1 draw against Brentford in March – a game that proved to be his last of the campaign.

 

Where can he improve?

Well, looking at the statistics again, Figueiredo really struggles with the art of playing out from the back.

He made 153 inaccurate short passes throughout the campaign, the sixth highest in the Forest squad.

His game was also riddled with errors. Of all the Forest players at the club during the 2019/20 capitulation, it seemed to knock Figueiredo more than most.

The 27-year-old made several glaring errors – most notable at home to Swansea and away to Bournemouth.

Summary

Figueiredo cost Forest £2 million back in 2018 and he hasn’t proved a bad piece of business.

He has made 94 appearances for the club and during the 2019/20 campaign he actually did pretty well.

During the current campaign though he showcased that Forest need better.

Forest Figueiredo.
Figueiredo played 31 times for Forest; Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images

It’s fair to say that he only played so many games due to Worrall and McKenna picking up troublesome issues.

Forest have Loic Mbe Soh waiting in the wings and right now, Figueiredo is hampering his progress.

The centre-back has just a year to run on his deal and perhaps now would be the time for Forest to cash in on their defender.

Season rating: 4

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