Eyebrows were raised back in September when Championship outfit Nottingham Forest managed to pull off the coup of Claudio Yacob.
The Argentinean midfielder arrived at the City Ground having been released from his contract at West Bromwich Albion, following the club’s relegation to the Championship last season.
The 31-year-old has yet to be handed the chance to play for his new club yet, although his debut could be on the horizon, especially after the Reds were embarrassingly dumped out of the EFL Cup to Burton Albion in midweek.
Forest boss Aitor Karanka is faced with something of a dilemma in the middle of the park for this weekend’s game with Sheffield United. Jack Colback is suspended so a shirt is up for grabs next to Adlene Guedioura in midfield.
Given that Ben Watson and Liam Bridcutt were both disappointing in the midweek cup defeat, it could offer Karanka the perfect opportunity to hand Yacob his maiden run out.
The tough-tackling midfielder arrived in England back in 2012, building up a real rapport with the Baggies’ fan base during a six-year spell at the Hawthorns.
Yacob made 160 appearances during his time in the West Midlands and that level of experience could prove to be a vital attribute for Forest, as they go in search of promotion to the Premier League.
Since his arrival, the Reds’ supporters have been itching to see their stellar recruit in action. The visit of the in-form Blades to Trentside might just see Yacob take his bow for the Reds.