Nottingham Forest lost at home to Bristol City today, with club-record signing Joao Carvalho an unused substitute in Martin O’Neill’s first game.
The former Benfica man arrived in the summer to a lot of hype, but he has struggled for consistency, although he has still weighed in with three goals and six assists in the league.
However, he failed to come off the bench against Reading last week and he was once again not used by the manager, despite Forest lacking spark today.
Worryingly for the player, O’Neill only made two changes in the game and still didn’t want to turn to the 21-year-old.
The former Irish manager decided to go with a 4-4-2 formation, so it was understandable why Carvalho didn’t start, however it was surprising that no changes were made.
And, it’s fair to say the fans didn’t support that decision.
Here’s how some reacted to Carvalho not featuring at all today…
Massive miss last 2 games no carvalho.
Has to play.
Alot of these players just are not good enough.
MON will see this week in training.
Sure next week's squad will be different #nffc
— DNOnMAZ9 (@DNOnMAZ9) January 19, 2019
Not involving Carvalho at all severely showed today. No creativity at all #nffc
— JPN (@JoePNFFC) January 19, 2019
Absolutely criminal that joao Carvalho has now sat on the bench for the last 180 minutes, team is crying out for his creativity. #nffc
— David Nicholson (@DavidPNicholson) January 19, 2019
Carvalho was the creative spark we lack today #nffc
— nffcnorth (@nffcnorth) January 19, 2019
Carvalho is a must next game #nffc
— Nick Roberts ???????? (@NoddyRoberts1) January 19, 2019
But why leave Carvalho on the bench? Obvious todays #NFFC problem was creativity. .
— Sontaran (@TrojanFan1969) January 19, 2019
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Should of took Murphy off at half time and bought Carvalho on, 442 wasn’t working at all today got to start carvalho next game for sure! #nffc
— Jake Cheetham (@JakeCheetham97) January 19, 2019