Is Nottingham Forest's Dani Pinillos the best left back in the Championship?

Wolves' James Henry in action with Nottingham Forest's Daniel Pinillos

The 24-year-old hit the headlines for a goal and an assist against Derby County at the weekend, but the Spaniard's defensive contributions are outstanding.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Dominic Iorfa and Nottingham Forest's Daniel Pinillos in actionWolverhampton Wanderers' Dominic Iorfa and Nottingham Forest's Daniel Pinillos in action

As Dani Pinillos' header thundered into the top corner to secure Nottingham Forest a point against their East Midlands rivals Derby County in a 2-2 draw, a man who's stayed under the radar was finally thrust into the headlines.

24-year-old Pinillos has been nothing short of outstanding for the Reds since he arrived from Cordoba on a free transfer in the summer of 2015, and but for injury, arguably would have been plucked by a Premier League side by now.

Wingers face a tricky job getting past the left back, and even when they do, Pinillos' turn of speed normally has him back in time to try and block the resulting cross or win a tackle.

Pinillos is also a threat going forwards, as Derby County discovered on Saturday, and is the ideal wing back in today's game, as he's able to pick out a teammate with a cross either from deep or close to the byline.

Liam Trotter of Nottingham Forest (R) celebrates scoring their first goal with David Vaughan (L) and Daniel PinillosLiam Trotter of Nottingham Forest (R) celebrates scoring their first goal with David Vaughan (L) and Daniel Pinillos

Worryingly for Forest fans, Pinillos' contract expires at the end of the season, and irrespective of what league the club may find themselves in next season, they need to tie the 24-year-old down to a long-term deal.

Pinillos is undoubtedly a player of Premier League class, and in all honesty, very few - if any - left backs in the Championship can hold a candle to him.

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