Ryan Yates was full of praise for Costel Pantilimon, suggesting the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper doesn’t “get the credit he deserves”. Pantilimon has been a regular between the sticks under Aitor Karanka and his successor Martin O’Neill, making a total of 31 Championship appearances and keeping 10 clean sheets.
The 32-year-old joined Forest from Watford last summer and has impressed in his debut season at the City Ground. He won two Premier League titles and a League Cup with former side Manchester City and has conceded one or less goals in three of the Reds’ last four games. Yates believes Pantilimon makes the difficult look simple and deserves all the plaudits that come his way.
He said to Nottinghamshire Live: “I rate Pantilimon so much. He makes ridiculous saves look so easy. I don’t think he always gets the credit he deserves, like quite a few players. He has been so good for us this season, for me.
“Honestly a few times in training I have seen lads put it right in the top corner and he just plucks it out of the sky like it is nothing. I think he is a top keeper; he has been fantastic for us all season”. Pantilimon’s last clean sheet came against Derby County on December 17. 2018. He doesn’t have much in the way of competition for a starting place, with Stephen Henderson and Luke Steele keen on his signature.
Yates has seen enough of Pantilimon in training, but he was on the same pitch as the Romanian international against Brentford and played a full 90 minutes.