Nottingham Forest fans slam Yohan Benalouane after West Brom draw

Nottingham Forest fans show their support during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on March 11, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

Yohan Benalouane started in central defence as Nottingham Forest were held to a 2-2 Championship draw away at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.

Yohan Benalouane of Nottingham Forest wears a protective mask  during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and  Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns on February 12,...

Sporting a face mask that made him look like an odd combination between Zorro and Bane the Batman villain, Yohan Benalouane was always likely to catch the eye as Nottingham Forest travelled to West Brom on Tuesday night.

A January signing from Leicester City, the experienced centre-back has certainly made an impact since moving to the City Ground on an 18-month deal. Whether the impact has been positive, however, is another matter.

Benaloune returned to Forest’s starting XI after picking up a red card in the recent defeat to Birmingham City and played alongside fellow newbie Alexander Milosevic as Martin O’Neill’s side battled to a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns.

Costel Pantilimon of Nottingham Forest jumps with Joe Garner of Wigan Athletic and team mate Yohan Benalouane to punch clear during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest...

While Forest avoided defeat, it seems the 31-year-old’s erratic style is putting fans on the edge of their seats for all the wrong reasons.

The one-time Atalanta defender is certainly unconventional after all, see a strange back-heel flick in his own penalty area. And while Benalouane is a fearsome presence in the air, he looks far less comfortable with the ball at his feet.

Forest fans could be set for an interesting few months with him at the back.

Yohan Benalouane of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bristol City at City Ground on January 19, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

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