Date: 7th May 2019 at 7:30pm
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Saidy Janko has left Nottingham Forest and returned to his parent club FC Porto. He sent a short message on Instagram, thanking the Forest staff, players and supporters “for a decent season”. Janko made 15 Championship appearances for the Reds in 2018/19, making one assist.

He racked up 1206 minutes of playing time, making 30 clearances, blocking 15 shots/passes/crosses, winning 15 aerial duels (30%), averaging 35 passes-per-game with 82% accuracy, creating 14 chances, making 16 successful dribbles (55%) while averaging a tackle (37) or interception (8) every 27 minutes.

The 23-year-old spent the majority of the campaign on the periphery as he was behind Tendayi Darikwa and Sam Byram in the pecking order. Janko provided cover at fullback in cased of injury or poor form, but he never managed to nail down a regular place in the first-team.

Forest want to sign Byram on a permanent deal this summer, so it appears unlikely that they will make a move for Janko. Darikwa should be a part of the Reds’ squad next season, having been first-choice when fit up until April, so O’Neill only needs one defender brought in to provide competition.

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