Claudio Yacob is the latest Nottingham Forest player to have been linked with a summer move to Olympiakos.

Given how the rumour mill has gone so far, such speculation comes as little surprise.

Joao Carvalho was said to be a target for Evangelos Marinakis’ ‘other’ team.

Hillal Soudani has taken things a step further and actually made a switch to Greece.

Will Yacob do likewise?

SDNA claim the Argentine has emerged as a target.

Seeing him head for the exits at the City Ground would be slightly puzzling.

Not when taking his game time towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign into account.

Armband

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Martin O’Neill handed Yacob the captain’s armband for his first game in charge.

He didn’t give him another start until three months later.

Yacob played his way back into contention during a testing afternoon away at Sheffield United, but was soon back on the bench.

His season ended with two outings as a substitute.

The lack of faith shown in the South American is baffling.

It is difficult to determine what more he needs to do in order to earn regular minutes.

Or an extended stay at the club!

Yacob, for the most part, has never let Forest down.

Instead, he has thrown himself into challenges and given everything that he has to offer.

He may not be the most pleasing on the eye.

That, though, is not what his game is about.

Energy

 

Yacob is the archetypal ‘Dog of War’.

His presence guarantees tough-tackling, boundless energy and bark to the bite.

Why would Forest want to part with those qualities?

And if Olympiakos are prepared to take him on, then why is he considered to be disposable by a side in the English second tier?

Only Adlene Guedioura (7.61) and Ben Watson (7.26) averaged more recoveries per game than Yacob (7.14) last term, and only just tipped the scales, while he also shows favourably on the tackle chart (2.69 per game).

His duel success figures (62.5%) are also impressive, with there no chance of him ever backing down.

Is he really behind the likes of Watson, Guedioura, Ryan Yates et al in the pecking order?

Questions were asked of his omission from the side during an enforced absence and transfer talk is likely to have many more Reds followers scratching their collective heads.