Nottingham Forest defender Saidy Janko was in danger of becoming a forgotten man prior to being restored to the starting line-up for Forest’s game at Derby last month.

The Swiss defender made his first start at Pride Park since a miserable showing in the EFL Cup against Burton Albion.

It was something of a shock to see him start at left-back that night but since then he has gone from strength to strength.

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Janko was once again charged with a role on the left-hand side of the Forest back four in Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea and he didn’t disappoint.

Versatility personified

Over the years the Reds faithful have seen some decent performers who are capable of playing in more than one position.

 

James Perch, Greg Halford, Chris Cohen and more recently Ben Osborn have all earned the tag jack of all trades master of none over the years; with Janko now adding his name to the versatile list.

Every team needs a Janko. A player that is not shy of putting a shift in for the team, even if it does mean not playing in your most natural position.

Time to kick on

The 23-year-old is on a season-long loan from Porto and on current form he would be well worth signing permanently.

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The disappointing night in Burton is Janko’s lowest ebb in a red shirt by far, but he has shown in his other performances that he can play.

Results haven’t always gone the way of the Reds when Janko has played but he has proven that he is a more than capable player at Championship level.

Whether Aitor Karanka can tie the defender down permanently during the summer remains to be seen, but judging by his performances of late Forest could do a whole lot worse than the former Manchester United man.