Joao Carvalho is close to playing for Nottingham Forest again after his return to training from injury.
The club released the team news ahead of their Carabao Cup tie against Derby County and said the youngster could be involved in the 18-man squad. Carvalho has been out since the beginning of June with an ankle injury.
The Portugal youth international joined Forest from Portuguese side Benfica back in the summer of 2018 for a fee believed to be £13.2m.
The East Midlands rivals go head-to-head in the second round of the Carabao Cup, with a place in the third round at stake.
It seems that the Reds are doing just fine without their record signing after a shock 2-1 win away at promotion hopefuls and high-flyers Fulham last Saturday.
Taking this into consideration, introducing the 22-year-old back into the starting line-up could ruin the good feeling surrounding a Forest attack that has scored nine goals in seven games in all competitions so far this season (via WhoScored).
Carvalho’s influence in his debut season wasn’t as big as his high price tag suggests it should be. The former Benfica man averaged just 1.2 key passes in the Championship last season, with as many as four players averaging the same or more than him (via WhoScored).
While Carvalho was the second-highest creator at the club, assisting eight goals, his goal-scoring left little to be desired. There were as many as four players who scored more or the same number of goals as Carvalho, as he managed a meagre four goals in more than 35 Championship appearances (via WhoScored).
So far this season, Albert Adomah and Joe Lolley have shown their worth to Sabri Lamouchi, scoring and assisting in the first four games of the Championship season.
Carvalho may be the club’s record signing; however, a mixture of his poor performances and the displays of other players means he shouldn’t be introduced straight into the starting line-up for the near future.
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