Former Nottingham Forest star and BBC pundit Steve Hodge has high praise for Nelson Oliveira

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The Portuguese international has been excellent this season.

Leeds United were the latest team to fail in a bid to beat Nottingham Forest this weekend - as Dougie Freedman's men won 1-0 at Elland Road on Saturday.

The result came courtesy of a Nelson Oliveira goal on the hour mark, the second time he has struck against Leeds this season.

The Portuguese international has been in great form this season - scoring eight goals in 24 appearances for the club.

Signed on loan from Benfica his arrival was a real coup and he has repaid the faith shown in him by Freedman and co.

One man who is a big fan is former Nottingham Forest star Steve Hodge.

The former England international midfielder spent two successful spells at Forest in his career and was the club's Player of the Year in 1983.

Speaking to BBC Nottingham Sport after the game Hodge waxed lyrical about the Portuguese international:

"He gives you more than goals. He's prepared to run into channels and chase people... and can hold the ball up.

"He's a team player, he works hard for the team... I think he's the best striker at the club."

Of course Forest fans would love to see Oliveira at the club permanently from next summer. Unfortunately that will not be happening. Speaking to BBC Nottingham Sport after the game Freedman confirmed that Forest do not have the capabilities to sign the player permanently.

That will no doubt upset plenty of Forest fans, including former player Steve Hodge.

Hopefully he can continue to thrive for the club in the weeks to come, and sign off with a bang.

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