Few players at Nottingham Forest have divided opinion quite like Joao Carvalho in recent memory and this week he’s earned praise from the Greek media.
Carvalho swapped the banks of the River Trent for the glitz and glamour of Athens last month, signing a permanent deal with Olympiacos.
His harshest critics saw his move as a chance to bid good riddance. Those who understand talent, however, were disappointed it hadn’t worked out.
Carvalho moving on was probably the best thing for all parties. With Forest playing well under Steve Cooper he naturally found regular game time hard to come by.
It would seem as though the 24-year-old is settling in just nicely in Greece. He has now played four times for his new club, with his latest performance drawing praise.
According to Sport 24, Carvalho did well in the 2-0 win over OFI Crete and they feel he is growing at Olympiacos.
An analysis piece claimed: “One of the most important players in the creative field for Olympiacos was Joao Carvalho.
“Compared to his previous game against Volos he appeared extremely improved.”
Carvalho could thrive away from Forest but he needs regular game time
The arguments regarding whether Carvalho should be playing more often or not did grow tedious towards the end of his time at Forest.
Ultimately, he’s now proving a lot of his critics wrong in the sense that with regular football he could thrive under the right manager.
Pedro Martins is clearly getting the best out of him, just like Aitor Karanka did during the 2018/19 campaign at Forest.
Carvalho does, of course, have a lot to learn. It will warm the hearts of his fans from his time at Forest, that he’s now starting to showcase his worth.
The youngster perhaps could have done a bit more when called upon at the City Ground.
Ultimately, he’s the sort of player that will thrive playing regularly and it looks as though he will get that chance with Olympiacos.