'Not interested': Nottingham Forest fans concerned by Pele's performance for U23s

Nottingham Forest fans sing after the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on March 11, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

Pele signed for Championship outfit Nottingham Forest from Ligue 1 strugglers AS Monaco during the January transfer window.

Sporting's Argentinian forward Rodrigo Battaglia (L) vies with Rio Ave's Guinean defender Pele during the Portuguese league football match Rio Ave FC vs Sporting CP at the Rio Ave FC - Dos...

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.

AS Monaco's Portuguese midfielder Pele (R) vies for the ball during the French Cup round of 64 football match between Canet-en-Roussillon and Monaco at the Gilbert Brutus stadium in...

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.

Pacos de Ferreira's midfielder Pele (L) vies with Porto's midfielder Andre Andre during the Portuguese league football match FC Porto vs FC Pacos de Ferreira at the Dragao stadium in Porto...

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