Nuno Espirito Santo not committing minutes to Gio Reyna despite strong USMNT window

Gio Reyna delivered a stellar international window with the U.S. men’s national team, but even despite that, the American attacker won’t be guaranteed an increased role at club level.

Nottingham Forest manager Nuno Espírito Santo praised the 21-year-old Reyna on Thursday ahead of the resumption of the English Premier League campaign this weekend. Reyna registered two assists in the USMNT’s 3-1 CONCACAF Nations League semifinal win over Jamaica before scoring the insurance goal in the Americans’ 2-0 triumph over rivals Mexico in the tournament final.

The Borussia Dortmund loanee earned Player of the Tournament honors as he lifted his third international trophy with the USMNT. However, despite his shining performances against both the Reggae Boyz and El Tri, Reyna won’t be guaranteed a larger role the the City Ground unless he earns it.

“Very happy because he was man of the match [against Mexico] and he did very well, so we need all the players because we have hard work and we need all of them,” Santo told media Thursday ahead of Forest’s league match vs. Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“We’re going to see more of everyone, because we need all of them,” he added. “They are aware that now is not important to have any feeling of selfishness. It’s about the team and if you play one minute, it’s for the team.”

Reyna has played just 39 minutes for Nottingham Forest since his loan move from Borussia Dortmund last January. He’s missed time due to a minor knock, but also was an unused substituted for multiple matches too.

With his club future unknown, Reyna will try and deliver over the final 11 weeks of the EPL season as Nottingham Forest tries to avoid relegation back to the EFL Championship.

A four-point deduction from the Premier League has Nottingham Forest sitting 18th heading into Saturday’s crucial showdown with the visiting Eagles.

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Author : Larry Henry Jr

Publish date : 2024-03-29 15:18:01

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