Nottingham Forest Under-23s beat Selston last night and one man who was impressive was Guatemalan midfielder, Marcelo Saraiva.
The 19-year-old checked in at the Forest academy from Brazilian outfit Inter in January 2021 and has spent this season with the under-23s.
He hasn’t particularly been regular in the team and coming to play in England has thrown up some challenges for the midfielder.
Saraiva has been in Reid’s thoughts and he’s been on the bench for the last three Premier League 2 outings.
Last night he was handed a start in the Nottinghamshire Senior Cup and he coped well on a night where the conditions were horrendous.
Saraiva has two full caps for the Guatemala national team and he looks set for a bright future.
Right now, it’s hard to say whether or not that will be with Forest given that he’s not exactly been a frequent part of Reid’s plans this season.
Goals from Alex Gibson-Hammond, Lewis Salmon and a brace from Will Swan saw Forest make the last four of the regional competition.
Saraiva will hope to get another outing in the next round and also force his way into the team for the remainder of the league campaign.
Saraiva can excite Forest with one trait
One thing that was evident with the youngster last night was that he absolutely loves a tackle.
With the pitch resembling a muddy bog, Saraiva was covered head to toe in the Selston turf as he roared into tackle after tackle.
For a youngster, that is a pretty sound trait to have and it’s one that supporters will rate him highly for.
The Reds gem is probably some way off a chance in the first team but the future looks bright.
At 19 he has some time on his side and if he could force his way into Reid’s team on a regular basis it would be a great starting point.