Nottingham Forest defeated Brentford 1-0 on Saturday to go second in the Championship after 11 games player of the 2019/20 campaign.
The Reds secured the win thanks to Ben Watson and stretched their unbeaten run of games to 10 ahead of the international break.
It is quite a remarkable start by Sabri Lamouchi’s men.
Just a week of pre-season had lapsed when the Forest hierarchy made the tough call to sack Martin O’Neill and appoint the French manager as his replacement.
Some eyebrows were raised based on Lamouchi’s unfamiliarity with the English game. Any cynical suggestions, however, have soon been brushed under the carpet.
Several players were added to the squad during the summer. No fewer than 12 arrived at the City Ground; with several checking-in from overseas.
One of those European imports was Portuguese playmaker Tiago Silva. The 26-year-old penned a two-year deal at the City Ground, signing from Feirense.
After the joy that record signing Joao Carvalho had brought to Forest 12 months earlier, fans were excited at what the creative spark could bring to Lamouchi’s team.
On Saturday, Silva produced his finest 90-minute performance since arriving at the club. If he maintains such form the Reds will have a quality player on their hands.
Just like Carvalho, Silva has taken some time to adapt to life in English football. Before Saturday he had started eight games in all competitions; scoring once and registering two assists.
Silva operated in the number 10 role against Brentford, and that could well be where Lamouchi’s sees his future. Of course, Carvalho is arguably stronger there but that’s a conundrum for Lamouchi.
With the Portuguese star in the team, however, Forest do have a player who is neat and tidy all over the park. He is capable of filling the box-to-box void and he isn’t afraid to stick a foot in when the Reds don’t have the ball.
The man with five Portugal under-21 caps to his name can become a secret weapon to Forest if he continues his current rate of development.
It isn’t easy for a player to come in from abroad and instantly start performing. Silva is getting there, however, and is showing little flashes in every game that he can become a real star.
There is definitely more to come from the little maestro and watching him develop this season is likely to be enjoyable for Forest supporters.