Workmanlike midfielder Cafu has played a watching brief for all but two minutes of the 2021/22 campaign for Nottingham Forest.

The 28-year-old came on in the closing stages of the contest at Coventry. He was introduced for Lyle Taylor as the Reds lost the game 2-1 in stoppage time.

Last season, Cafu was a popular figure in the eyes of Chris Hughton. The Portuguese performer was even added on a permanent basis in January, such were the level of his performances.

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Now, the versatile midfielder has fallen down the pecking order. Jack Colback has come in this season and right now, Hughton appears to favour him more.


As a result, Cafu has a right to feel aggrieved with Hughton. Forest have lost all three league games this season and Colback simply isn’t working alongside Ryan Yates.

The midfield in Hughton’s team is currently his biggest downfall. Both players were poor against Blackburn, with Yates, in particular, struggling against an energetic Rovers side.

Cafu will be wondering what he’s done to upset Hughton. Last season, a lot of Forest’s better performances came when the former Olympiacos man was playing alongside James Garner.

The Manchester United man hasn’t been lured back just yet and it seems strange that Cafu has lost his place.

Cafu treated harshly and deserves a chance when Forest play Stoke

The Portuguese performer isn’t a world-beater by any means. What he does bring to the Reds team is absolutely something that Forest have lacked so far this season.

Cafu isn’t afraid to break between the lines and glide into the final third to help out the player in the No.10 position.

Neither Colback nor Yates are capable of doing that and Forest are suffering because of it at this moment in time.

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As a result, change is necessary. If Yates and Colback appear together on the team sheet for the Stoke game on Saturday, there will be angst among the fan base.

As a result, Hughton has to call on the man who served Forest relatively well last season and hand Cafu the chance to start in midfield.

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