Brazilian Forward Santos Struggles for Playing Time at Nottingham Forest

Santos’ Loan Spell Challenges

Having been touted as a potential first-team option at Stamford Bridge following his move from Vaso da Gama in the summer, the Brazilian forward Santos found himself on loan at the City Ground.

However, his quest for regular game time has proven challenging.

Limited Appearances for Forest

Since his arrival at Nottingham Forest, Santos has featured only once, notably in the Carabao Cup defeat to Burnley.

His appearances in the Premier League have been scarce, with frequent omission from the matchday squad.

Forest’s Promising Start

Nottingham Forest, currently sitting 12th in the table and level on points with Chelsea, has made a promising start to the season.

Despite Santos’ struggles, Forest manager Cooper has insisted that his absence from the pitch is “circumstantial.”

“He’s been good,” said the manager. “He’s obviously a really good young player.

“I had a really good chat with Chelsea [about him] this week. I didn’t realise some stuff had been written about him.
“There’s a lot of new players here and we’re really trying to get the balance right in integrating all the players at the right time, while trying to perform as best we can in every single game to get the results we want. That’s a real process.

“With young players, sometimes it can take longer than others to settle in. I’m not saying he’s not, it’s just circumstantial at the moment in some of the games.”
Cooper has assured Santos and Chelsea that the 19-year-old’s time will come having planned to send him on in the recent draw with Brentford, however he felt unwell and Moussa Niakhate was sent off.

“Brentford could have been a really good game for him to come off the bench but we went down to 10 men and he wasn’t feeling too well on the sidelines,” he noted.
“That went against him, because he was definitely in our thinking for a change. It didn’t work out that way, because of how he was feeling and the red card – so there’s been a little bit of bad luck as well.

“But we’re really enjoying working with him and seeing him in training. We will continue with that process.”

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