Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has hailed the improvement of Renan Lodi at the City Ground.
The Brazilian signed for the Reds from Atletico Madrid in August, initially on a season-long loan.
Forest have the option to sign him for £26 million in the summer and his form right now makes that seem cheap.
Since the domestic action has returned following the World Cup, Lodi has arguably been Forest’s best player.
He’s grown as a player under the wing of Steve Cooper and made a mockery of those who dared to doubt him.
Lodi arrived at the City Ground as an experienced performer. He’s won the La Liga title with Atletico and was a key part of Diego Simeone’s team.
Despite playing a vast amount of football in Spain, it’s easy to overlook the fact that he’s still only 24 and hasn’t yet reached his full potential.
Now, after another decent performance at Bournemouth on Saturday, Cooper has raved about Lodi.
He told The Athletic: “Renan has looked excellent. I don’t want to give him the kiss of death, but he’s in really good form.
“He’s one of our own now and we love him. Time is the best ingredient when it comes to improvement.”
Cooper has hailed Lodi improvement
Some of the comments from his critics were quite ridiculous earlier in the season, with some suggesting Harry Toffolo was a better player.
The ex-Huddersfield man is a sound player, of course, but he doesn’t have the CV that Lodi has under his belt.
It was always going to take Lodi some time to get going in the Premier League but now he’s showcasing his class.
Prior to signing for Forest, Manchester City were linked with a move to sign the player with 16 Brazil caps to his name.
When Lodi has been below par during 2022/23, it’s largely been during games when every Forest player has underperformed.
The Reds are very lucky to have Lodi. As a result, they’d be wise to activate the option to buy him as soon as Premier League football is secured for another season.