Very few Nottingham Forest players have divided opinion quite like Joao Carvalho in recent memory.

The Portuguese performer failed to live up to his £13 million price tag but that wasn’t entirely all of his fault.

A young attacking player, he drew criticism for his consistency from some supporters; with others feeling that he was vastly underused.

Steve Cooper seemed to agree with the former of those fans.

Forest Carvalho
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Carvalho departed the City Ground in January to join Olympiacos and he’s silenced his critics by winning a place in the team and helping them to the title.

In fairness to the Forest boss, there wasn’t a place in his team for the 25-year-old.

He had got a settled side together and the starting eleven hasn’t changed a great deal since he arrived at the club in September.

Ultimately, Forest fans were unanimous that a move was the best thing for all parties, not least for Carvalho.

He’s showcasing his quality in Greece and has earned himself a regular place in Pedro Martins’ team.

The goal contributions haven’t quite started to come for him just yet but supporters have seen enough evidence he can be a big player for the club.

Carvalho wins title after leaving Nottingham Forest behind

The attacking midfielder has scored once and claimed three assists for his new club.

Aris defeated Olympiacos at the weekend but it’s insignificant with the team claiming the title with a 5-1 win over Asteras Tripoli the week before.

Forest Carvalho
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It is easy to see why plenty didn’t feel Carvalho did enough at Forest. He managed just eight goals and nine assists in 75 appearances with a large number of those contributions coming in his first season.

Still, the player wasn’t deemed a bad egg and he worked tirelessly to try and prove himself to several managers.

Now, he has a chance to revive himself at Olympiacos and he looks to be grasping it with both hands.

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