Alfa Semedo has made a big impression with some Nottingham Forest fans only two games into the season. The 21-year-old joined on a season-long loan from Benfica to offset the loss of Jack Colback, while keeping Claudio Yacob and Adlene Guedioura on the periphery, and has fared well in his early appearances.
— Higher Self (@WeAreHigherSelf) August 13, 2019
Fantastic so far
— Stuart Clarkson (@Stuart_Clarkson) August 13, 2019
Very impressive against us ????
— Gary Casson (@CassGaz) August 13, 2019
Really impressed with him tbf
— Mark Allen (@Markallen2003) August 13, 2019
Very impressive, really gets stuck in!
— Ash Young (@Ash210397) August 13, 2019
Brilliant! Finally a portugeuse player suited to championship and kept in a side
— Hawkoseels (@hawkoseels) August 13, 2019
Against West Bromwich Albion on August 3, Semedo played for 88 minutes, made 53 touches, won three aerial duels, completed 76.7% of his 30 passes, had three shots, boasted a 100% cross accuracy record, completed four successful dribbles, made five tackles, one interception and one clearance.
Against Leeds United on August 10, the defensive-midfielder played a full 90 minutes, made 52 touches, completed 52% of his 25 passes, won three aerial duels, whipped in one cross, made one tackle, two interceptions, four clearances, made two successful dribbles, drew two fouls and blocked a shot.
From his two Championship outings, Semedo has averaged more than 27 passes-per-game, won 66% of his aerial duels, completed 75% of his dribbles and averages a tackle or interception every 20 minutes. He’s hit the ground running for Forest and could be an important player for Sabri Lamouchi over the course of the season.