Joao Carvalho is starting to lose supporters after putting in another poor performance in Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 defeat to Hull City. The 22-year-old often struggles to make a telling impact in games and is frequently substituted as a result. Wednesday was no different.
As per WhoScored, Carvalho played for 60 minutes, made 37 touches, created two chances, had one shot, completed 83.3% of his 24 passes, whipped in just one cross, drew one foul and made two successful dribbles. He also failed to find a teammate with any ball into the box, didn’t register a shot on target or turn over possession once all game.
We were really poor tonight. Carvalho looks off the pace which is a worry. Can’t think of anyone who’s had a particularly good game tbh. Every faith that Lamouchi will sort this and get us going again though #nffc
— Sam Crawford (@s_redmist) October 23, 2019
If Bostock performed as badly as carvalho tonight he would be booed. Shocking #nffc
— Nffcboxing2019 (@nffcboxing2019) October 23, 2019
At the risk of upsetting a number of #nffc fans, I thought Carvalho was poor tonight, and I would not be adverse to having a decent 'more direct' option within the squad.
— Katie Price (@klpricenffc73) October 23, 2019
Grabban gets very few chances in games which is not good enough at home. Didn’t see him have a shot last night. Forest lack genuine pace up top to get behind teams. Dawson & Sow are huge misses. Big players like Lolley & Carvalho just haven’t got going this season at all #nffc
— Phil (@bullyphil) October 24, 2019
Our creative players not quite at it tonight lolley just glimpses carvalho poor tonight ameobi a few good touches silva the pick of the attacking players tonight #nffc
— @forest4eversteve (@biltonsteve) October 23, 2019
The Portuguese u21 international has made 10 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating two goals. Carvalho is yet to get off the mark in the Championship and hasn’t made an assist since late-August. He’s yet to play a full 90 minutes in any league game too, averaging only 50 minutes per appearance.
Sabri Lamouchi may be considering a change ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Reading as Forest are desperate for a result. The Reds have only picked up one win in their last four games and have scored just three goals for their troubles. It’s clear Carvalho isn’t doing enough creatively, so time will tell if it costs him a place in the side.