Grading Nottingham Forest’s summer signings: Oliveira gets B+, Pinillos B

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Nottingham Forest signed Matt Mills, Jamie Ward, Daniel Pinillos, Kyle Ebecilio, Chris O’Grady, Ryan Mendes, Nelson Oliveira and Jonathan Williams in the summer transfer window.

Jonathan Williams - N/A

It is hard to give a verdict on the Crystal Palace-owned midfielder Jonathan Williams, who has played just 16 minutes in the Championship for Nottingham Forest.

Nelson Oliveira - B+

The Benfica-owned striker Nelson Oliveira has done quite well for Forest so far and is proving to be a good acquisition.

In three Championship appearances for the Reds, the Portugal international has scored one goal, created two chances, and has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 44%.

Ryan Mendes - A-

Ryan Mendes has looked very impressive for Forest since joining them on loan from Lille in the summer transfer window.

The Cape Verde international attacker has scored one goal and created 13 chances in five league games.

Chris O’Grady - C

The Brighton & Hove Albion-owned striker has played well on occasions for Forest and has been important in attacks.

However, Chris O’Grady has yet to score, and that is something he needs to work on. The 29-year-old, though, has a shot accuracy of 73%, which suggests that he has been thwarted by opposition goalkeepers.

Kyle Ebecilio - C+

Kyle Ebecilio’s performances have been encouraging, but he needs to do a lot more to play regularly for Forest.

The FC Twente-owned midfielder has created two chances in five Championship appearances, but he has a laudable pass accuracy of 81%.

Daniel Pinillos - B

Daniel Pinillos has been a very good acquisition for Forest, and he has shown what he is capable of already.

The Spanish left-back has created three chances in seven Championship appearances and has not made a single defensive error.

Pinillos has won seven out of nine dribbles he has attempted and 11 out of 19 tackles he has tried.

Jamie Ward - C+

Jamie Ward knows the Championship well, but at the moment he has not found his ‘A game’ for Forest.

The former Derby County star, who can play as an attacker or as a winger, has created only 12 chances in eight Championship appearances.

However, Ward has not always played the entire 90 minutes, and perhaps his performances will improve as the season progresses.

Matt Mills - B

Matt Mills has established himself as a regular for Forest under manager Dougie Freedman and been strong at the back.

The 29-year-old central defender has helped out in attack as well, scoring two goals and creating three chances in the process.

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