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.
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.
Come back, you're easily better than Benalouane.— Richard Sims (@simsini) February 12, 2019
Benalouane. Back-heel. Penalty box. NO. NO. NO. ♂️ #NFFC— Shaun Wheatcroft (@ShaunTweetcroft) February 12, 2019
If your centre back backheels the ball sideways in a goalmouth scramble, fine him and release him. Benalouane what a donkey #WBANOT— Mr Ultracheese (@cmcm52irfc) February 12, 2019
Stop letting Yohan Benalouane pass the ball. He’s terrible at it. Every long ball forward has gone out of play!— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) February 12, 2019