Nottingham Forest star Renan Lodi has told ESPN Brazil what he asked Steve Cooper about Danilo and Gustavo Scarpa.
The two Brazilian players have been out of the picture lately, with first-team action not forthcoming.
Lodi has been with the club all season and helped Danilo and Scarpa settle at the City Ground.
His Atletico Madrid teammate, Felipe arrived in January too and there is quite a contingent of Brazilian stars at the club.
It’s been frustrating for the two January signings, and Lodi was keen to get some answers from Cooper on his compatriot.
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He told ESPN Brasil: “I went to talk to the coach about it. I asked why Danilo and Scarpa weren’t getting opportunities and it was more a matter of adaptation.
“What he gave me, I passed on to them too. But Scarpa is training well, he’s got a good head. It’s more a matter of adaptation.
“The pair arrived in January and had little time to work and show their football. It was all crazy. It was the same for me too. It’s about having a good head because soon they will be helping us here.”
Forest star Lodi on what he asked Cooper
It’s great that Lodi has got the back of his compatriots. As new players, Danilo and Scarpa might have lacked the confidence to go and ask Cooper themselves.
Lodi has become an integral player in the Forest team. He’s comfortably the first-choice left-back at the club and has a big presence among his teammates.
It has been something of a shame not to see Scarpa and Danilo a little bit more. Both have looked okay when called upon and there is certainly something about both players.
Forest haven’t been in fine form of late. As a result, it makes sense for the duo to at least earn a place in the squad.
Scarpa is exciting and hardworking, whilst Danilo offers something that the other midfielders in the squad can’t.
Cooper will naturally have taken what Lodi has said on board and hopefully, they will be back in contention soon.