Pele has endured a rather inauspicious start to his Nottingham Forest career.
The midfielder arrived on loan from Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco in the January transfer window and wore the famous red shirt for the first time on Monday night as Forest’s U23 side beat Sheffield United 1-0.
But, while the seldom-seen Liam Bridcutt offered fans a reminder of his quality with an impressive, all-action display in the centre of the park, Pele did not exactly set the world alight in his first appearance on British shores.
At least that is according to the Forest fans who watched him in action.
2018/19 has been something of a year to forget for Pele, who made just four Ligue 1 starts after joining Monaco from Rio Ave for a hefty £9 million last summer (Post).
So a short-term spell at the City Ground should give him an opportunity to recapture the terrific form that earned him that big-money move to the Principality in the first place. Pele scored seven league goals for Rio Ave in the 2017/18 season, so surely there are better things to come.
Early days but in the U23s today I thought Pele played like Michael Caine #nffc— keith (@BridgfordReds) February 11, 2019
Sorry he was a bit ‘rusty’— keith (@BridgfordReds) February 11, 2019
Is this Pele that Forest have signed another of George Weahs cousins? Hope I'm wrong but after half hour of watching him for the U23s I'm stunned he was signed! Lethargic ain't the word!— Scott (@scotttclay) February 11, 2019
Not particularly interested, sloppy in possession, being screamed at all the time as positional sense is a mile off, not tracking, half arsed challenges. He's won a couple of headers though.— Scott (@scotttclay) February 11, 2019
Like a chilled out better guedioria. Doesn’t move around too much but likes a cross field spray. Bridcutt ran the show though— Sam R (@SR1two8) February 11, 2019
Pele— Cal⚪️ (@nffccal) February 11, 2019
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