Serge Aurier made his full Nottingham Forest debut on Monday night and Neco Williams should feel a little bit concerned.
The ex-Tottenham man became signing number 22 of an extremely hectic summer.
Plenty of supporters questioned whether he was required, with Williams and Giulian Biancone the right-sided defensive options.
Still, the 29-year-old has bags of experience and he’s made a positive start.
Last season, Aurier helped Villarreal claim a place in the Champions League semi-finals.
The right-back came on as a substitute in both legs of their last-four clash against Liverpool, which Villarreal lost.
Forest have perhaps pulled off a coup in signing Aurier.
Clearly, he will be getting paid handsomely at the newly promoted outfit but he’s not played like a mercenary just yet.
He came on for 45 minutes against Leicester and was arguably Forest’s best player on the night.
That cameo showed Steve Cooper enough to reward him with a start against Aston Villa.
He didn’t disappoint and put in a real workmanlike shift during his 57 minutes on the pitch.
Aurier roared into tackles and some statistics from Who Scored showcased just how useful he was.
He made two interceptions. three clearances and also completed 92.3% of his 26 passes – the most of any Forest player.
Aurier performance should leave Williams concerned
This was his first start but ultimately, it was a quality one from Aurier.
He looked very useful in lots of aspects and to say he hasn’t played much football, he didn’t really look too rusty.
With more game time he could prove to be a really astute free transfer made by the powers that be at Forest.
During this time at Tottenham, Aurier made 110 appearances, whilst he’s also played for European giants PSG.
Forest signed a lot of youngsters in the summer and a player like Aurier could be worth his weight in gold.
He’s played in some top games during his career and he won’t have signed to be a backup option.
Williams is one for the future and at 21 he’s got bags of time on his side.
He’s made a decent start to life at Forest but in recent weeks he’s just looked a little rash and some mistakes have crept in.
Forest must make sure they’re picking the best team they can in every game.
Although Williams is clearly capable, Aurier’s full debut must have left the Welshman feeling a little bit concerned for his place.