The Lowdown: Forest suffer fourth successive defeat
The Reds suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Cottagers in the Premier League on Friday night in what was a five-goal thriller at the City Ground.
The 23-year-old O’Brien wasn’t named in Steve Cooper’s starting XI, but was brought on as a substitute for Remo Freuler on 70 minutes and immediately got his name on the scoresheet, despite it not being enough to salvage a points.
The Latest: Castel’s praise for O’Brien
Taking to Twitter after the game, Castel heaped praise on O’Brien and insisted that he should be in the first XI after delivering some seriously impressive numbers:
“Lewis O’Brien vs. Fulham – 20 mins, 1 goal, 93.3% pass accuracy, 1/1 succ dribble, 5/5 ground duels won, 1/2 aerial duels won, 3 times fouled, 1 interception, 2 tackles.
“Has to start every game. Has to.”
The Verdict: Key cog in midfield
O’Brien has started five of Forest’s top-flight games this season so it was an unusual decision for him to all of a sudden be dropped, but one that nonetheless Cooper will now be regretting given his impressive statistics.
The midfielder, dubbed a ‘driving force’ in the middle by sports journalist Josh Bunting, averaged 2.1 tackles and the same number of dribbles per league game for Huddersfield last term, alongside racking up six goal contributions (WhoScored).
Should O'Brien be a guaranteed starter?
This highlights the impact he can make both defensively and offensively, and his performance against Marco Silva’s side should have further proven to the Reds boss that he deserves to cement a place in the starting XI moving forward.
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