Nottingham Forest defender Richie Laryea made his Reds debut last night as Steve Cooper’s men beat West Brom 4-0. Following the game, ex-Reds star Jim Brennan congratulated his compatriot on his first appearance.
It’s been a long road to this point for the Canadian. He has waited precisely three months to make his first outing; with Cooper preferring other options in his wing-back positions.
With last night’s game won, however, the pocket rocket got the nod. He replaced Djed Spence with around 10 minutes remaining and at least got to sample the English game.
Laryea didn’t have much to do defensively. Going forward, however, he was always seeking to get on the ball and showed a couple of bursts of pace that could make him exciting in the future.
At 27, it’s perhaps strange he’s not played before now. The Canadian international will want to be playing football and can hardly be considered as one for the future.
With Spence in such tremendous form, however, he’s been forced to wait patiently. Now, he will hope to get more first-team action as the season reaches its climax.
Laryea has been a regular in the squad during recent weeks and he will be delighted to finally get some minutes since arriving in January.
What has Brennan said about Forest man Laryea?
After a resounding win against a team that had an outside chance of making the play-offs, ex-left-back Brennan took to Twitter.
He praised the Reds’ performance and reserved a special little mention for Laryea who stepped off the bench for his first outing.
For Laryea, this season could prove tricky. Spence will remain at the club and he will be the regular option at right wing-back.
Next season could be different though and the challenge for Laryea will be to catch the eye when opportunities do come his way.