Nottingham Forest have added Braian Ojeda to their ranks during the summer. The 21-year-old checked in from Olimpia on transfer deadline day and he arrives as an unknown quantity.
As a central midfielder, he has come through the youth ranks with the Paraguayan giants. Last season he spent some time on loan with Argentinean side Defensa, playing 12 times.
Forest have James Garner, Ryan Yates, Jack Colback and Cafu in their ranks vying for midfield places. Three of those players all do similar jobs though and perhaps Ojeda can provide something different.
Ojeda has penned a four-year contract at Forest, with the option of another held by the club. Given that he’s currently on international duty with Paraguay it’s not clear when he will be in line for his debut.
We confess, however, that we know very little about Ojeda. One man who does know a lot about him though is Paraguayan football correspondent Roberto Rojas.
NFN: What sort of midfielder are we getting in Ojeda?
RR: Braian Ojeda for me is a player that is capable of playing in the centre midfield either being able to track back and help defensively or start attacks moving forward
NFN: What are his main attributes and where does he really excel?
RR: He’s not the most imposing character but he is a player that is very technical and can change angles of attacking with passing range. I think he is best suited in a midfield line of four where he is able to have the space to use his skills to win the ball and play it to the forwards
NFN: Just how highly rated is he in Paraguay, and tell those who might not know but are Olimpia a big club in the country?
RR: He’s one of the brighter gems in Paraguay at the moment given his age and experience playing for the biggest club in Olimpia who have the most titles domestically and internationally in the country. They haven’t been doing too well this year domestically but made it to the quarterfinals of the Libertadores where he has been one of the stars in a poor side.
NFN: Naturally he must have weaknesses, where will he need to improve?
RR: I’ll be curious to see if he’s able to withstand the fast, physical pace of English football whereas Paraguayan football has the physical part but is a bit slower in comparison to other leagues in South America so if he’s able to keep with the pace as well as be a bit stronger, he can provide something very special for Forest.
NFN: Could Ojeda be capable of playing in the Premier League one day?
RR: He has the potential. If he does well for Forest, then he definitely could. Not a lot of Paraguayans have succeeded in English football so it’ll be a big task for him to try and prove himself that he can do it there.
NFN: Finally, will he be a Nottingham Forest hit?
RR: I would love to say so. Obviously, this is all up to him but I think his maturity and experience at such a young age would lead me to believe that he can. However, it’s all about getting off on the right foot immediately when he arrives there.