Nottingham Forest have made a habit of allowing some of their better young players to leave the club in recent years.
The likes of Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Oliver Burke, Ben Brereton and most recently Arvin Appiah have all departed the City Ground in the early stages of their career.
You get the impression that the trend is beginning to change though under the club’s current ownership.
Sabri Lamouchi has a wealth of young talent at his disposal this season. He hasn’t been afraid to throw young players into the team when required.
One standout performer for the Reds so far this season has been Joe Worrall. The 22-year-old broke into the team a few years ago, but was loaned out to Rangers by Aitor Karanka last season.
There’s no doubt that he has returned a far better player. It’s therefore no surprise that he has been recently linked with a move to Premier League side Newcastle United in January by The Sun.
It’s highly unlikely that the Reds would allow the centre-back to join the Magpies midway through the season. This may not have been the case under previous ownership.
One of Forest’s Miracle Men, Kenny Burns, inclines to agree that the Reds wouldn’t be willing to let Worrall leave the club. Speaking to the Nottingham Post, he said: “I doubt that’s a move he’d want to make, especially with the problems they’ve got.
“Should Newcastle or any other club come knocking, I expect the Forest hierarchy would give them short shrift, just as they’ve done with Burnley and Crystal Palace in the past.
“If anything, Worrall has become more valuable to the club this season, given the level of his performances.”
It wouldn’t be a surprise if this recent Premier League interest sparked the Reds into action to give the defender a new contract. The likes of Brennan Johnson and Alex Mighten have recently signed new long-term deals.
As a boyhood supporter of the club, Worrall is unlikely to want to turn down the opportunity of helping the Reds secure promotion to the Premier League. He’s likely to jump at the opportunity of signing a new deal.