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Nottingham Forest: Joao Carvalho’s decision will make or break play-off hopes

Nottingham Forest: Joao Carvalho’s decision will make or break play-off hopes

Clearly, it’s a big season for Nottingham Forest in 2019/20 as the legendary Martin O’Neill looks to take a side he won so much with as a player up the Championship table and potentially into a play-off spot at the very least. To that end, all this means they can’t afford to lose linked-away Joao Carvalho this summer.

Indeed, the Portuguese attacking midfielder had an impressive 2018-19 campaign, scoring four and assisting eight in his 38 league appearances. His 1.2 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game could suggest he’s improve massively with better players in front of him, with the 22-year-old clearly possessing an attacking talent.

No one’s doubting the fact that he does need to improve his end product to really make the most of his ability to pick a key pass or dribble at defenders, but producing four goals and eight assists in a side who struggled for consistency for much of the campaign does hint at an exciting kind of talent.

However Greek outlet DNA Sports, via Nottinghamshire Live, have reported Olympiacos have the player marked as a ‘favourite’ of their’s and they want him to join them this summer. To put it simply, that’d be a huge blow for Martin O’Neill ahead of such a big season.

The assist tally isn’t too bad, but if he had a stand-out striker in front of him to get on the end of his key passes, there’s every chance we’ll see that number rise. Currently, he’s rated at £9m on Transfermarkt, but he’d potentially be worth a whole lot more after another season at Forest, especially if there’s some kind of resurgence from the Reds.

Without him at the City Ground next campaign, they’d have to buy a replacement and hope he blossoms into the player that Joao Carvalho is becoming. That’s a huge risk and certainly a massive loss after having the ideal man in their lap. Yes, keeping him long-term might be a pipe dream but this just seems like a summer too early.

Make him the focal point of O’Neill’s side, see how he gets on, and perhaps look to sell if that elusive promotion continues to evade the club.

Forest just can’t afford to lose one of their most promising talents this summer.

Forest fans, who do you think the club should sign if Joao Carvalho leaves this summer? Join the discussion by commenting below.

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