Nottingham Forest midfielder Orel Mangala played 90 minutes in Belgium’s 5-0 win against Estonia, with the 25-year-old receiving high praise from the Belgian media.

Mangala registered an assist for Romelu Lukaku, after playing a perfectly weighted ball into the path of the striker who held off his man before finishing expertly.

According to FotMob, the Reds midfielder completed 44 of his 47 passes attempted, a completion rate of 97% – alongside making six ball-winning recoveries.

With Amadou Onana sitting deep, it gave Mangala the chance to get forward more, with the Forest man making seven key passes into the final third.

Belgium  v Estonia -EURO Qualifier
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Belgian media impressed with Orel Mangala

Belgian outlet HLN conducted player ratings after the Red Devils’ convincing victory, with Mangala receiving a very respectable rating.

They gave the Reds midfielder a 7/10, stating ‘He made a couple of good turns. Infiltrated a few times very well and was menacing. Has shown that he has his place. Satisfactory performance’.

It may only be against lowly-ranked Estonia, but his performance gives Forest fans a reason to be positive.

Belgium  v Estonia -EURO Qualifier
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The display showcases what the 25-year-old is capable of when having a recognised anchor behind him, giving him more freedom to become a box-to-box midfielder.

His delightful through ball to Lukaku is evidence of his passing ability, which we haven’t seen on a consistent basis at the City Ground due to Mangala operating in a deeper role.

However, the arrival of Ibrahim Sangare could free up Mangala to provide performances as seen for Belgium last night.

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