Steve Cooper, the head coach of Nottingham Forest, has expressed his satisfaction with the young player Andrey Santos, who recently made his Premier League debut for the club. Santos, who is on loan from Chelsea, had to patiently wait for his chance to play. He came on as a substitute for Forest midfielder Orel Mangala in the match yesterday.
Despite being highly regarded by Chelsea, Santos hasn’t seen much playing time at Forest, leading to speculation that Chelsea might consider recalling him if he continues to be underutilized. Cooper appears to be taking his time with Santos but is aware of the need to keep him for the entire season while Chelsea closely monitors the situation.
Following Forest’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool, Cooper had the opportunity to discuss Santos, noting that the young player has been impressing in training, hinting at the possibility of more playing time in the future.
Cooper explained, “We want to try to incorporate new players into the team while remaining competitive. When Orel Mangala received a yellow card, we saw an opportunity to make a change. It was a chance to give Andrey some minutes as he has been patiently waiting and training well. We’ll see how things progress with him.”
Recent performances by Mangala, Ibrahim Sangare, and Nicolas Dominguez have solidified their roles in the Forest midfield, making it challenging for players like Santos to break into the team. However, with some players showing signs of inconsistency, there may be an opportunity for Santos to make an impact. Ryan Yates is also waiting for his chance, and it will be interesting to see how Santos’s role evolves in the coming matches.