Nottingham Forest defender Richie Laryea is off to the World Cup later this year with Canada. Last night he was introduced as a sub as Panama defeated John Herdman’s side 1-0 and perhaps it highlighted why Steve Cooper hasn’t used him yet.

Laryea has found life tough at Forest so far, following his arrival during the January transfer window. He has made the bench on a few occasions but perhaps surprisingly, he’s not managed any minutes on the pitch yet.

With a World Cup now on the horizon, he will want that to change. Laryea should return to Forest with a spring in his step and a real desire to force his way into the team for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign.

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Max Lowe is injured and against Costa Rica last week, Laryea was brilliant in a left-sided wing-back role. That bodes well and perhaps some comments from the media after last night showcase why he’s not been used as a substitute.

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After last night’s game, 90Min produced some player ratings on their website. It would seem as though the Reds defender isn’t quite as effective when coming off the bench.

He was handed a 4/10 for his 14-minute cameo and they summed up his performance with: “Didn’t get into the pace of the game at all, losing the ball more often than not.”

Forest must hand Laryea the chance to start in coming weeks

The Reds simply have to start giving Laryea some game time in the coming weeks. The last thing they want is for him to be untested and then be required to slot straight in during a play-off game at the end of the season.

Laryea might not have enjoyed a good outing as a substitute. As a result, that’s perhaps showcasing exactly why Cooper hasn’t chosen to give him some minutes from the bench.

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He did perform well during this international break when he started games though and he can clearly play. The versatility to play on both sides is a good option to have and with Lowe injured, Laryea looks like the obvious player to put in.

Given the number of miles he’s got to travel to return to Nottingham, Saturday could come too soon for Laryea. With Coventry and Birmingham to come at home, however, a debut should be just around the corner.

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