Former Nottingham Forest loanee Gil Dias has told Remate Digital that a ‘collective breakdown’ impacted his form during his time at the City Ground.
The 22-year-old arrived from Monaco amid high optimism after a year spent playing regularly for Serie A outfit Fiorentina.
Things never really got going for him in English football, however.
The Portuguese winger started just 13 games in all competitions, scoring a solitary goal during a 3-1 win over Newcastle in the EFL Cup.
A particular lowlight for Dias came in the game away at Norwich when he played just seven minutes. His fluffed clearance led to the home side’s equaliser, which saw them complete a comeback from 3-0 down.
Dias has now spoken out regarding his time on Trentside.
He told Remate Digital: “At Nottingham Forest things started well individually and collectively, but then there was a collective breakdown that affected me.
“I was offered the chance to move to Olympiacos in January and I decided to change the air.
“The experience in England essentially improved the tactical and physical aspects of my game.”
Dias has now returned to Monaco after his loan spell in Greece expired and it remains to be seen what is next for the youngster.
Seat Pitch Summary
It is not certain what Dias means when he mentions a ‘collective breakdown’ as the reason for his form going south at Forest.
It is possible a hint that a managerial change took place and Martin O’Neill didn’t view him as part of his plans.
That wouldn’t be a major surprise.
The 22-year-old was often like a fish out of water in a Forest shirt. A superb goal in the final friendly against Bournemouth and a solid showing on the first day at Bristol City offered hope that he’d prove a good signing.
It never transpired though and it soon became obvious that he wouldn’t cope with the rigorous demands of the Championship.
Terminating Dias’ loan proved best for all parties and his signing will go down as one of many Forest deals down the years that haven’t paid dividends.