Nottingham Forest thrashed Leicester City 4-1 on Sunday as they progressed to the FA Cup fifth round. Goals from Philip Zinckernagel, Brennan Johnson, Joe Worrall and Djed Spence ensured progression. After the game, Johnson and Ryan Yates lauded Zinckernagel on Instagram.
It was a stunning performance from the Dane. He’s been a decent loan addition for the Reds this season but this was comfortably his most convincing display in the famous red of Forest.
The Reds thoroughly deserved the victory against Premier League opposition. Forest could, and should, have scored more during an afternoon that left Brendan Rodgers scratching his head.
Zinckernagel has been a solid signing since he checked in from Watford. He helped the Hornets to promotion last season and has scored four goals and claimed seven assists during the 2021/22 campaign.
At 27, it’s unclear what the future holds. Roy Hodgson has now taken over at Vicarage Road and next season he might want to run the rule over the former Bodo/Glimt star.
Zinckernagel has done well in recent weeks. Cooper dropped him for two games on the back of Kienan Davis signing on loan from Aston Villa.
Instead of sulking, he has made the point of doing everything he can when introduced from the bench over the last month or so; proving himself to be a really strong character.
What have Johnson and Yates said about Forest star Zinckernagel?
Both players clearly enjoy playing alongside the Dane. The two players have gone for different sentiments in their messages on Instagram to their teammate.
Yates has poked fun at the forward for his finish. Following a knockdown from Davis, Zinckernagel tapped home, although the replay showcased that the ball actually came off his shin.
Johnson has been less sarcastic. He summed up Zinckernagel’s brilliance for Forest by summing the player up using just one word.
Forest fans will hope that Zinckernagel can continue adding to the goals and assists column as the season progresses.