Nottingham Forest fans have only seen glimpses of quality from Gil Dias and Diogo Goncalves since they arrived at the City Ground this summer as part of the Jorge Mendes inspired Iberian invasion.
But the on-loan duo certainly gave Forest fans something to look forward to in an outstanding performance for Portugal’s U21s on Thursday night.
Portugal battered Lichtenstein 9-0 in a European Championship qualification blitz and Dias and Goncalves were both on target, the latter netting a brace to take his tally to eight goals in ten games for the U21s.
Goncalves, who arrived at Forest on a temporary deal from Benfica, was the star of the show, also setting up one of Heriberto Tavares’s four goals. Dias, meanwhile, made a major impact when he came on for Manchester United youngster Diogo Dalot in the final ten minutes.
No wonder Forest fans have taken to Twitter to express their excitement.
Monaco-owned Dias has had his moments under Aitor Karanka, notably a sublime chipped finish against Newcastle in the EFL Cup, while Goncalves was sent off on his first Forest start against Stoke City.
But could this 9-0 win be a sign of things to come?
2 goals for goncalves on international duty hope that gets him a place in the team soon #NFFC— Kieren (@kingkieren10) October 11, 2018
Goncalves looked the player we thought we'd signed v Stoke before the red card and now he's scored for Portugal U-21's. Only a good thing for competition for places. A certain Mr J.Lolley in his way at minute like #nffc— Jonno Reilly (@Jonno_Reilly) October 11, 2018
Goncalves always seem to play well for Portugal something we are missing here surely— Whysall14 (@Josh_nffc) October 11, 2018
Only went and scored twice-- dias also on the scoresheet, quality at #nffc— matt (@matt0675) October 12, 2018
Still don’t think we’re seeing anywhere close to Dias or Goncalves fully ability yet, both bagged for Portugal tonight— Sam (@swzd_) October 11, 2018
Goncalves, Dias and Carvalho doing bits for Portugal— luke (@ls_a37) October 11, 2018