Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall has heaped praise on Tobias Figueiredo for his efforts at the heart of a three-man defence.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Worrall has suggested that the Portuguese performer is an unsung hero among the Forest ranks.
Figueiredo started the current campaign as Forest’s fourth choice central defender. Injuries to Worrall and Loic Mbe Soh earned him a reprieve, however.
The centre-back has shone under Steve Cooper and appears to enjoy playing in the middle of a three-man defence.
Figueiredo has been at the City Ground since 2017, checking in from Sporting Lisbon for a fee in the region of £1.3 million.
Worrall doesn’t think he’s deserved the stick he’s taken from the fan base and has also suggested he wouldn’t fancy facing him on the pitch.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I wouldn’t want to play against him, he’s quite scary. He’s like our tough man.
“I think he’s been brilliant. I don’t think there’s a lot to choose between me, Toby and Scotty (McKenna).
“What you see is what you get with him. He’s honest, he’s very brave and he’s a defender.”
Figueiredo deserves praise since Cooper joined Forest
Some supporters simply can’t let go of former failures and it’s fair to say that Figueiredo did let errors creep into his game last season.
He’s showcased what he’s all about this season though, particularly since Cooper checked in on Trentside.
The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer and perhaps he will head out of the club once the season ends.
For now though he’s doing just fine and Forest will hope that his good form can continue as the club looks to climb the Championship.
He has made 107 appearances in total for the Reds and perhaps is deserving of some credit for his form recently.