Nottingham Forest ended their recent goal drought at the weekend. The current team managed to break the club record for minutes without scoring before Ben Brereton netted from the spot and Joe Lolley fired home to give Forest a hard-fought win against Ipswich Town.
That result secures Championship football at the City Ground next season and Forest can begin to plan for next term. Whilst Forest have certainly struggled to score goals since Aitor Karanka arrived at the club, the Spaniard has made massive improvements to the side defensively.
The Forest defence, once leaky, has been plugged up and now pride themselves on their 2018 record.
One key reason for that successful turnaround has been the form of Portuguese defender Tobias Figueiredo. Signed on loan from Sporting Lisbon in January he has become a regular at the heart of the defence for Forest.
Now, it appears that his stay at Forest will become permanent. According to a report from Record, Forest had a deal in place to sign the Portugal under-21 international if he played 11 games for the club. The clash with Ipswich was that game and Forest will now pay €2.3 million (£2 million) for his services this summer.
Forest will be hard pushed to conduct any better business throughout the entire summer. Figueiredo has been one of the main reasons for the improved defensive performances from Forest since the turn of the year.
Keeping him at the club will be vital if Forest are to build on that, find some goals, and push further up the table next season. Ensuring such a clause was in place was, therefore, a wise move from Forest and those involved deserve credit for making sure Figueiredo will remain a Forest player next season.
Hopefully, he can continue to perform at such a high level and take Forest up the league table.