Nottingham Forest's Claudio Yacob could leave West Brom red-faced tonight

Martin O'Neill, Manager of Nottingham Forest reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bristol City at City Ground on January 19, 2019 in Nottingham,...

West Bromwich Albion released Claudio Yacob and now the midfielder is playing for their Championship opponents Nottingham Forest.

Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the pre season friendly match between Burton Albion and West Bromwich Albion at Pirelli Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent,...

Claudio Yacob will have extra motivation to perform at his very best tonight as Nottingham Forest travel to West Bromwich Albion.

Martin O’Neill’s side need a win at The Hawthorns as they look to claw their way into the play-off places and Yacob could start in central midfield,

And the Argentine will be desperate to impress, given that he could come up against the side that released him seemingly without a second thought at the end of last season.

 

The tough-tackling midfielder was a key player for the Baggies between 2012 and 2018 but he was one of the first out of the door once their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed in May.

And, after a brief spell on the free-agent market, Yacob was belatedly offered a fresh start at Nottingham Forest.

Yannick Bolasie of Aston Villa and  Claudio Yacob of Notts Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on November 28,...

Considering that West Brom have conceded far too many goals for a side with genuine promotion ambitions, the logic of selling a player renowned for providing a sheet of steel in front of the defence has been questioned – particularly by supporters.

Yacob has started 10 Championship games for Forest but none since O’Neill took over in mid-January. Though perhaps the 66-year-old could be tempted to throw him in against West Brom given that Yacob has a point to prove.

Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 with Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and...

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