Following Sunday’s draw with Blackpool, David Prutton has now talked about Nuno Tavares, the defender for Nottingham Forest. The host of Sky Sports was addressing the podcast Forest Focus.
So, what did Prutton say about Tavares after his first Forest performance since September? Let’s take a closer look…
What David Prutton said about Forest defender Nuno Tavares
Well, the man who came through the Forest academy as a player believes that Nuno Espirito Santo unleashed the Portuguese player at the right time.
Tavares has endured a pretty rotten loan spell with Forest – signing from Arsenal in the summer and making just three appearances before Sunday.
However, Prutton thinks Forest head coach Espirito Santo had little to lose by introducing him at half-time on Sunday.
The Forest Focus host from Sky Sports said, “I believe the game was great for him, wasn’t it? He doesn’t have to worry too much about being a part of a strong defensive team if the manager decides to bench him. It’s a wonderful game for him if his natural tendency is to go ahead. He had high talent and a strong drive to advance.
We thought that Forest’s defender Tavares performed admirably in the 2-2 draw with League One opponents.
The numbers supported it as well; Tarares completed four successful crosses, which was only two fewer than Danilo and Morgan Gibbs-White combined for ninety minutes of cornerback play.
Forest still have decision to make on unfancied defender
Tavares did produce a very decent display on Sunday but some context is probably required from a Forest perspective.
This was a strong showing but after six goals for Marseille last season, few would have tipped Tavares to struggle against a third-tier team.
Still, he can only be judged on what he came up with and his display will have given Espirito Santo some food for thought.
Forest will have a decision to make this month over whether they want to keep Tavares for the remainder of the campaign.
Right now, with Ola Aina on African Cup of Nations duty, it would certainly be a risk for the club to sanction any defensive exits.
Forest will have some irons in the fire, however, and the Tavares situation is one for Espirito Santo to work out before the end of the month.