James Forrest v Nani: How the Celtic and Fenerbahce wingers compared

Taking a closer look at the performances of the Celtic and Fenerbahce wide players, with some interesting results.

Celtic and Fenerbahce played out a very entertaining 2-2 draw on Thursday evening, with one unexpected player standing out and deserving particular praise.

James Forrest looks like a completely different player to the one that was turning out for the Bhoys last season, and against Fenerbahce he outclassed one of the most famous and experienced wingers in Europe in the form of Nani.

The 24-year-old provided the assist for Kris Commons to double Celtic’s lead after striker Leigh Griffiths had initially put the home side ahead, and while the Turkish club fought back to draw that should take nothing away from Forrest’s performance.

  PositionTeamPassing AccuracyShotsShots on TargetDribblesDispossessedKey PassesCrossesAccurate Crosses Mins Played
James Forrest Winger Celtic 100% 3 1 3 1 1 5 1   89
Nani Winger Fenerbahce 75.7% 1 1 2 6 2 7 2   90

The Celtic winger finished the match with an outstanding 100 per cent passing accuracy – compared with Nani’s 75.7 per cent.

Forrest also had more shots, went on more dribbles and was dispossessed just once in the entire game – compared with the six times Nani was robbed of possession.

The former Manchester United winger set up a goal of his own, and yet given his experience he should have been one of the star-men in this match; but it was the work ethic of the Celtic player that shone through and manager Ronny Deila will no doubt be hoping this is the catalyst for even better things to come from Forrest.

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