Keylor Navas and Nottingham Forest picked up a 1-0 crucial win against Leeds United on Sunday at City Ground. With the three points, Navas and Co. move to 13th place and six points away from the relegation zone.
The Paris Saint-Germain loanee hit the ground running in his first taste of Premier League football, where he made four saves and kept a clean sheet for Forest. Afterward, manager Steve Cooper was delighted with what he saw from Navas.
“We had very important individual exploits, in particular with the saves of Keylor Navas,” Cooper told reporters (h/t Canal Supporters). “I loved the way he handled the match; we really saw that he had experience.
“Everyone knows his record, but he still wanted to be there today to show his level. […] It’s his credit for saving the points; I also appreciated his composure, his reading of the game and his decisions. We are really happy to have him here and look forward to working with him!”
Navas could remain with Forest should they stay in the Premier League or, at the very least, convince another club that the 36-year-old goalkeeper can still play at a high level and take a chance on him this summer.
Nonetheless, it’s great to see the Costa Rica international receive minutes as a starter, as Navas didn’t make a fuss about when manager Christophe Galtier decided to go with Gianluigi Donnarumma and he was relegated to the backup role.