Nottingham Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura is currently on international duty for Algeria at the African Cup of Nations.

Last night he was mightily impressive as his country defeated Senegal 1-0 to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.

The 2018/19 campaign was a somewhat tricky one for Guedioura.

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His form at the start of the campaign was a joy to behold.

From the moment Forest kicked off at Bristol City, it was like the clock had gone back five years. The Guedioura that earned a Premier League move all those years ago was back!

A fractured eye socket at Brentford saw him sidelined for two games. He was, however, a regular in the team under Aitor Karanka.

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Under Martin O’Neill’s management, opportunities wavered.

Injuries didn’t help. A series of niggles restricted him to just nine outings under the current boss, with just two of those starts.

Positional change

Guedioura is 33-years-old so is hardly a long-term option. It is fair to suggest, however, that he can still do a job for Forest.

He has been trusted by Algeria head coach Djamel Belmadi to start both of their games so far at the African Cup of Nations.

 

Protecting the back four has been his remit on the international stage.

Capable of the odd thunderbolt – as Forest fans know – the days of him playing as a box-to-box midfielder are long gone.

O’Neill has lots of midfield options at the City Ground, but Guedioura shouldn’t be discounted just yet.

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If the former Watford and Crystal Palace man can keep Liverpool star Sadio Mane quiet – kind of, then Forest could well find a space for him next season.

His current international form might just be handing Guedioura the confidence to finish his Forest career with a flourish.

One thing is for sure. It’ll certainly be offering O’Neill food for thought ahead of next season.