Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba typically divides the fan base at the City Ground given his often erratic nature.

The Congolese stopper was actually sent off for the Reds on Saturday during a 2-2 draw with Stoke and is now set for a spell on the sidelines.

Samba arrived at Forest in 2019 from Caen. He was expected to provide competition for Arijanet Muric but soon ousted the Manchester City man to claim the gloves.

This week has given fans the opportunity to chuck their opinions into the mix regarding Samba.

It has to be said that some of the views have been nothing short of moronic; with some feeling that he shouldn’t be called upon again after his moment of madness.

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Some statistics go a long way towards blowing that theory out of the water.

As per Playmaker Stats, Samba is joint four on the list of goalkeepers to have kept the most clean sheets since the start of the 2019/20 campaign in England’s top four divisions.

He’s in esteemed company in fourth place too, with Liverpool stopper Alisson Becker and Samba both sitting on 36 shutouts across that period.

Ederson tops the charts with 49, with Bartosz Bialkowski behind him on 41. David Raya of Brentford has 37, with Alisson and the Forest man just behind.

Liverpool signed Alisson from Roma for £67 million. Since his arrival, the Reds have won the Premier League and the Champions League.

Samba cost a mere £2 million from Caen and has quickly established himself as the club’s leading goalkeeper.

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The fact that Alisson has kept as many clean sheets for Liverpool as Samba as for Forest since 2019/20 is a testament to the Reds keeper.

Some simply love to bash him. Yes, he can be erratic and yes his methods can be unorthodox but he is an outstanding custodian.

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Samba did make a mistake at the weekend. He will be aware of that and the challenge for him will be to come back stronger.

These statistics serve to prove that those wanting him banished from the first team forever, simply don’t know a goalkeeper when they see one.

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