Date: 11th April 2019 at 7:45am
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Claudio Yacob was once again an unused substitute as Nottingham Forest fell to another defeat in the Championship. The Reds lost 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday and have kept only one clean sheet since February.

Martin O’Neill has praised the defensive midfielder to the media but continues to overlook Yacob when selecting his starting XI and the decision makes little sense when looking at how poor the Reds have been of late.

Yacob has made 13 Championship appearances (881 minutes) this season, making 22 clearances, blocking five shots, winning 29 aerial duels (57%), making 38 passes-per-game with 84% accuracy and averaging a tackle (28) or interception (6) every 26 minutes.

The 31-year-old would surely provide more defensive protection in midfield, but he can barely make the substitutes’ bench under O’Neill. Instead, Ben Watson and Ryan Yates have gotten the nod alongside Jack Colback.

Yacob still has one year remaining on his deal so he isn’t going anywhere this summer unless he’s sold. However, given he’s made just one appearance since February, he may locate a move away from the City Ground in the coming weeks.

Should O’Neill bring Yacob back to the starting eleven?

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2 Replies to “Unused substitute, one appearance since Feb – why doesn’t O’Neill play Nottingham Forest man?”

  • Of course Yacob should be playing at the expense of Colbeck who is a tough tackling defensive midfielder with little vision for a forward pass. Also , revert back to Carveliho as the playmaker with Lolley,Cash and Grabbon feeding off him, Again we see an ex player returning to a hero’ s welcome but one who really baffles the loyal supporters with his team selection. Mon likes to play with his favourite Murphy up front and a system of boot the ball up to him and hope he can flick the ball on or he can hold it up. It does not work, After AK left Mon only needed to Tweak the team by dropping Colbeck and bringing in Yacob or Bridcut in. And maybe getting a new
    Goalkeeper who is not afraid of to come of his line unlike the present incumbent who for a man of his height
    Lacks bravery and is quick to blame those around him for his positioning.
    Mon and Keane rule by fear I believe and this can be seen in the way our lads play. Gone are the days of precise
    Passing replaced by fouling and strong arm tactics, not the Forest way!!

  • Of course Jacob,Carvalho and Lolley should be the first names on the team sheet !!!! Thats why we are so frustrated….. Should not have brought o neil in at this time…

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