Nottingham Forest's derby hero Nelson Oliveira admits Benfica mistakes but is now looking to the future

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The Portugal international is hopeful for the future after some poor career choices at his parent club.

This summer Nottingham Forest toiled in the transfer market, mainly because of the transfer embargo placed on them by the Football League after they broke Financial Fair Play regulations.

But after the sale of Michail Antonio they managed to verify several loan deals, including the eye-catching capture of Nelson Oliveira.

A Portuguese international once dubbed the next Eric Cantona his career had gone south slightly. He struggled for goals during a loan spell at Swansea City and did so the season before during a year with Rennes.

The 24-year-old was a teen sensation, first at Braga and then Benfica, but after early promise and an international debut aged 21 he has struggled to maintain momentum.

Today he has been speaking to O Jogo about his career with Benfica and admits that he may have made some mistakes in his career up to this point:

"It is true that Benfica has been focusing more on young people, more than in recent times. Maybe I made ​​some mistakes, I do not know. But it's already past.

"Small errors, normal from players when they are young. At 24 I am better than I was at 20, 21 years-old which is normal, so be it.

"I do not waste much time thinking about it, is in the past now what matters is the future."

Oliveira is undoubtedly talented but Forest fans will be quick to tell you he is not a natural finisher. He has scored two goals for the club, most memorably the winner in the East Midlands derby, but those goals have come from 31 attempts on goal. A strike rate of 15.5 is not something to be proud of.

  PositionTeamTotal Scoring AttGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Nélson Oliveira FW Forest 31 2 9 687

He is on international duty this week with Portugal where he will be surrounded by prestigious talent, not least Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hopefully he can bring back some of that finishing with him to the City Ground as Forest desperately need goals.

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