It has taken him some time buy Yuri Ribeiro is starting to showcase that there is in fact life after Nottingham Forest.
The Portuguese left-back was signed by Sabri Lamouchi in 2019 and very quickly became a cult hero among supporters.
Ribeiro was a regular in the team during 2019/20. However, a failed move away from the club saw his time at the City Ground head south.
It was reported that Ioannis Vrentzos wanted Ribeiro to join Olympiacos at the end of his first season at Forest.
Ribeiro didn’t want to leave and was selected just once during the first nine games of the campaign.
In fairness when the Portuguese performer did get his way into the reckoning last season, he wasn’t that useful.
He was largely found wanting and it was almost as if the pre-season debacle with Vrentzos had knocked his confidence.
As a result, it was perhaps considered no surprise when Ribeiro made the decision not to seek a new deal with Forest.
Despite many fans getting misty-eyed over a relatively ordinary player, it was Ribeiro’s choice to leave, with the player wanting to play in a top-flight.
After initially struggling to get himself a club, the 24-year-old is now starting to hit the ground running at Legia Warsaw.
He played against Leicester in the Europa League on Thursday night and last night he helped his new team to a win over Jagiellonia.
Ribeiro has now made 10 appearances for his new club and has also showcased his ability to star in a number of positions.
Are Forest missing Ribeiro?
When Max Lowe was fit you have to say that the Reds weren’t missing him at all.
Despite the meltdown when he was allowed to leave, it’s fair to say that there are better options at Championship level than Ribeiro.
That said, the former Benfica prodigy would have certainly been a better option than Gaetan Bong currently is.
Forest perhaps tried to keep Ribeiro. Ultimately the damage was done from the summer previous and renewing wasn’t an option.
Although last season was littered with inconsistencies; Forest fans will be glad to know that Ribeiro is at least doing well for himself elsewhere.