Forest have traditionally struggled to find a decent left-back in recent years. Max Lowe is the best the Reds have had for a few years but Tendayi Darikwa might be the man Forest let go of too soon.

We can hear you at the back, ‘Darikwa is a right-back’, you would be quite right to scream. These days, however, he’s producing the good in a new role.

With Wigan flying in League One, Darikwa is busy rolling back the years. A serious knee injury left him facing an uphill battle at Forest and last January he was allowed to leave.

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A strong finish to last season saw him win a new deal. Not only that but on the eve of the 2021/22 campaign, Leam Richardson named him as the new captain.

After playing the first two games of the campaign in his natural position of right-back, he has since been transformed into a left-sided full-back.

Max Power arriving has meant competition for places and Darikwa is now trying to learn the ropes on the opposite side of the back four.

The man who played 63 games for Forest has been discussing a change in role and he appears to be relishing it.

He told Wigan Today: “As far as I’m concerned I will give 100 per cent where I’m asked to play.

 

“Left-back, right-back, it doesn’t really matter to me.

“To be fair, this is the first spell at left-back I’ve had in my career.”

Could Darikwa have starred for Forest at left-back?

Some supporters will wax lyrical about Darikwa and how he was released too early. That said, hindsight is always a wonderful thing in these situations.

Darikwa had just recovered from injury and had played very little football in over a year. Not only that but the club had spent a decent chunk on taking Cyrus Christie on loan for the season.

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At left-back Forest had Yuri Ribeiro who was also a fan favourite and the Nottingham-born player would have been out of contract in the summer.

It does pose an interesting question though as to whether he could have played at left-back.

Gaetan Bong cost Forest points last season and perhaps it should have been Darikwa kept around the club instead of the former Brighton man.

Still, Reds supporters will be glad to see Darikwa doing well for himself at his current club.

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