Nottingham Forest striker Emmanuel Dennis was public enemy number one as Nigeria lost 4-0 to Portugal last week. The talisman missed a penalty after going against manager Jose Peseiro and wrestling the spot-kick from the regular taker.
Dennis saw his penalty saved during the drubbing for Nigeria. It was a good win for Portugal who have seen their camp come under scrutiny after Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial interview last week.
Dennis has endured a pretty frustrating time of things at Forest. He’s started just three times for the Reds, scoring one goal during a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa back in October.
The striker signed for Forest during the summer. He cost £20 million from Watford and having scored 10 times for the Hornets last season, Dennis looked like a pretty useful signing.
For whatever reason, it just hasn’t worked out for him, however. The 25-year-old clearly has some bottled-up frustration and it would seem that he took it out on his international teammates last week.
After Bright Osayi-Samuel was fouled in the box, Peseiro seemed to be gesticulating for another player to take the kick. Dennis wasn’t keen on following instructions though and subsequently saw his effort saved.
Forest man Dennis becomes public enemy number one
This isn’t a good look for the striker. He certainly won’t have endeared himself to Steve Cooper with this act and he has some serious learning to do if he’s to convince the boss of a regular starting berth.
Some player ratings from the Nigerian outlet Soccernet were scratching too. He was given a 2.5 out of 10 for his performance, with the natives not particularly impressed with his selfish antics.
They wrote: “The Forest man only came on after the break but he will have to make do with the flop-of-the-match tag.
“Not a class act from the Nigeria forward.”
Dennis is having a bit of a tough time at the moment. He’s not really playing for Forest and on this occasion, for Nigeria, he was once again forced to settle for a place on the substitutes bench.
Something needs to change. The striker needs a run of games but with Forest starting to hit a bit of form, perhaps he will have to remain patient for a little while longer just yet.