They say a week is a long time in football. When it comes to Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates, two-and-a-half weeks feels like a lifetime.

That is because the 21-year-old has not only taken his league bow for the Reds, but he has also made a central midfield berth his own.

Yates played his fourth game in succession for his hometown club last night and he is yet to look out of place.

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Watching him snap at the feet of his Derby counterparts, similarities were evident between him and a modern-day Forest legend.

Chris Cohen made 272 appearances in 11 years at the City Ground and there is evidence that Yates has modeled his game around the ex-West Ham trainee.

A graduate from the Forest academy, Yates has dumped the likes of Claudio Yacob and Adlene Guedioura on the sidelines.

Quite simply, his performances since being handed an opportunity have made him undroppable.


As he flew into another robust, but fair, tackle last night it was almost as if the clock had gone back ten years and a fully fit Cohen had fastened the boots and waltzed into the Forest midfield.

Fan rapport

Yates endeared himself even further to the Reds faithful last night following the final whistle.

With the Reds securing a first win over the Rams in close to four years, the youngster gave an emotional rally cry to the Trent End, much to the dismay of Derby skipper Richard Keogh, but that passion will go a long way on Trentside.

Of course, Yates still has learning to do.

He was cautioned last night for a frenzied attempt to win a challenge that wasn’t really there to be won. Of course, a trait familiar with Cohen.

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The combative performer couldn’t pick two better players to learn from in Ben Watson and Jack Colback. Both have been there, done that and got the t-shirt when it comes to playing in the Championship.

On his form of late Yates will emulate the man who was worshiped by the Forest faithful

He will don the famous number eight and he already looks like he could be a future captain of the club.

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