Nottingham Forest were extremely active when it came to strengthening their squad during the summer with Aitor Karanka opting for a mixture of tried and tested Championship players and some unknown foreign quantities.
One of the Spanish boss’ overseas recruits was the highly-rated Gil Dias who checked in at the City Ground from Monaco having played 28 games during a loan spell for Italian outfit Fiorentina last season.
Dias has featured in all of Forest’s 12 Championship games this season except for one and although he has shown small glimpses of what a tremendous talent he can be, it is fair to say that he hasn’t really had a standout game in a red shirt just yet.
His sporadic form isn’t necessarily a cause for concern just yet but, with a vast amount of quality within the squad, he will be desperate to adapt to life in the Championship sooner rather than later, as he looks to try and earn a permanent move to the City Ground at the end of the season.
Having featured frequently in the Forest first-team during the early exchanges of the campaign he has been selected for the Portugal U21 squad once again and it could offer the 22-year-old the perfect opportunity to find a bit of form.
Dias has been called up alongside Forest team-mates Joao Carvalho and Diogo Goncalves for fixtures away in Liechtenstein and at home to Bosnia and the pacey winger will be hoping for a chance to impress.
Although his inclusion in Karanka’s early season squads suggest that he has the backing of his manager, a good couple of outings with his nation could be the confidence boost he needs to kick-start his City Ground career.