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Former misfit is Nottingham Forest’s unsung hero of the season so far

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Former misfit is Nottingham Forest’s unsung hero of the season so far

Reformed central defender Danny Fox is now firmly established as a regular starter under Aitor Karanka’s management.

When Danny Fox first signed for Nottingham Forest on loan during the 2013/14 campaign, it is safe to say that not too many people anticipated that he would still be a first-team regular five years down the line.

Fox checked in at the City Ground from Southampton having built up a reputation as a decent second tier left-back, although it was a position that he failed to hold down on Trentside, with the left-hand side of the defence becoming something of a problematic area in recent memory.

These days Fox is a superb central defender and so far this season he has started each game in Aitor Karanka’s team, while he has also captained the side frequently with Ben Watson playing only a peripheral part thus far.

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It is a remarkable transformation from the player who was once a bit-part player at Forest and it seemed for a long time like his days would be numbered at the club with first-team opportunities coming at a premium for Fox.

According to football website Who Scored, Fox is now boasting impressive statistics as an ever-present member of this season’s Forest starting line-up. The 31-year-old is winning over five aerial challenges, seven clearances and he is also claiming an average of three block tackles in each game he has played.

Indeed, Fox’s performances to date during the 2018/19 campaign have been so impressive that the likes of Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo have been forced to wait patiently for chances to feature.

Fox is becoming something of a cult hero on Trentside and his passionate renaissance with the Reds’ faithful following Saturday’s 2-0 win at Middlesbrough gave a firm indication that the vast majority of supporters have completely changed their mind when it comes to the reformed defender.

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