Nottingham Forest man Tobias Figueiredo has raved about Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford during an interview with Portuguese outlet A Bola, via Sport Witness.
The Portuguese defender has given some comments on the standard of football in the Championship.
Alongside that, he has discussed one of the toughest opponents he has come up against during his time in England.
Leeds’ £74,000-a-week star Bamford got the seal of approval from Figueiredo and he remembers playing against him when he was at Middlesbrough.
He told A Bola, via Sport Witness: “The first thing that comes to my mind is Bamford from Leeds. I still remember playing against him at Middlesbrough.
“It was my first time against him and he broke my teeth right away, it wasn’t just annoying, it was the elbow, I was going to get the ball, I was on going to get the ball and took it there.
“I continued to play without a tooth, and the other went backwards. I put a sponge in my mouth to stop the blood and continued.”
Figueiredo is out of contract in the summer and the Reds are facing a decision.
Like many Forest players, the 27-year-old has grown as a player under Steve Cooper.
He has thrived in a back three and the errors which crippled his game last year are evaporating.
Alongside Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna, the trio have been solid and the Reds head coach will hope that continues.
Decision: Cooper has call to make on Forest man Figueiredo
Last season this might have been an easy call to make. Right now, however, the man who signed from Sporting Lisbon is playing well.
Figueiredo has made 108 appearances for the Reds during his three years at the club.
His performances haven’t always been fantastic but so far this season he’s been pretty steady.
With Forest using three central defenders more often than not, Cooper may decide to have four or five competing for places.
That could open the door for Figueiredo to earn an extension at the City Ground.
On current form, he’d thoroughly deserve one too.