Lewis McGugan has hailed Nottingham Forest star Danilo and believes he could be the man to replace Cheikhou Kouyate. The Reds player started another game on Saturday as the Reds lost 2-0 to Aston Villa.

It’s nine without victory for Forest now. Their latest drab performance and defeat saw them slip back into the bottom three of the Premier League and boss Steve Cooper has some work to do.

McGugan hailed Danilo
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Amid some poor performances, one man who has starred in recent weeks has been Danilo. The Brazilian checked in from Palmeiras during the January transfer window, costing the club £16 million.

The Reds performer has showcased his class during the last three games. He is still a work in progress but McGugan thinks he could now step up and take Kouyate’s shirt off of him.

He told the Garibaldi Red Podcast: “I liked a lot of things from him on Saturday. If you look at him against Villa, a lot of his good work came from driving from a deeper area in midfield. Maybe he can now take Kouyate’s place and make that position his own. He’s powerful, he’s got good legs and he’s shown a lot of promise.”

Kouyate hobbled off in the first half against Villa. He signalled to the bench in the early stages of the match and appeared to be clutching the hamstring that had caused him to miss four months of action.

McGugan hailed Danilo after Forest defeat

The Brazilian boy wonder is clearly a good player. One immediate challenge for him has been to get to grips with the physical demands of the Premier League and he’s settling in well.

McGugan hailed Danilo
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Danilo started the move that saw Orel Mangala score for the Reds at Leeds. During that game, he was largely impressive and he perhaps didn’t deserve to be on the losing team.

Kouyate will be a big miss for the Reds if he’s set for a spell on the sidelines. But, in Danilo, perhaps Cooper now has a player who he can place his complete faith ahead of the final eight matches.

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