Chris Hughton wasn’t in the dugout for Nottingham Forest on Saturday and Tobias Figueiredo exposed a big mistake made by the former boss.
Forest’s central defender started in the middle of a three-man defence. Joe Worrall operated on the right, with Scotland player Scott McKenna on the left.
Figueiredo has struggled for consistency in recent times. Errors have crept into his game and he’s struggled massively with his confidence.
He began the season as the fourth choice, with Loic Mbe Soh also ahead of him in the pecking order.
Clearly, utilising him alongside two other central defenders has done wonders for his game if Saturday is anything to go by.
Hughton constantly played a rigid 4-2-3-1. He often utilised the same back four, preferring Figueiredo at times last season in spite of some sporadic form.
His lack of a Plan B proved inexplicable and his strategy this season left supporters baffled at times. Ultimately, the axe falling came at the right time.
Tobias Figueiredo can earn reprieve in new Forest system
If, as expected, Steve Cooper is appointed the club’s new manager, Figueiredo could flourish.
It has never been the 27-year-old’s game to be passing the ball out from the back. He is, however, well versed when it comes to the art of defending.
On Saturday, he actually attempted just eight passes, showcasing that Reid had asked him to merely stick to his job of defending.
Who Scored shows that he made seven clearances, the most of any Forest player and also one tackle and one block.
Cooper typically likes a 3-4-3. That could suggest a stay in the team is likely for Figueiredo.
He did his chances of a reprieve no harm at all at the weekend and in the process, he exposed a massive Hughton mistake.