Some statistics have emerged that showcase Joe Worrall as one of the best defenders in the Championship during the 2019/20 campaign so far.
Since returning from Rangers where he spent last season on loan, Worrall has become a mainstay in Sabri Lamouchi’s team.
He has shown tremendous character to bounce back from being sent on loan and is currently one of the team’s most important players.
The numbers that have emerged today put Worrall top of the pops when it comes to most shots blocked during the early stages of the season.
Most Shots Blocked (Championship 2019/20):
20 – JOE WORRALL ⭐️
18 – Ben Davies
17 – Matty Pearson, Michael Morrison & Sean Morrison
After a loan spell at #Rangers, @JoeWorrall5 has returned to the City Ground and been solid at the back for the reds 🔴#nffc #pne #royals #LTFC pic.twitter.com/GBVArO0Fmu
— Between the Lines (@Between_TL) November 21, 2019
It is quite remarkable considering that Worrall has two more blocks than anyone else in the division despite having played a game less.
Forest’s postponement against Reading means that the Reds have played just 15 matches, as opposed to everyone else’s 16.
The 22-year-old is looking more composed and mature with each game. Many have predicted him as a future captain of the football club and that seems accurate on current form.
It is no mean feat to have completed 20 blocks. It probably does highlight that Forest have been effective on the counter, although Worrall’s form highlights an ability to remain solid at the back.
The next generation
Many supporters see Michael Dawson as the perfect partner alongside the academy graduate. His injury back in September though has seen the youngster look equally capable next to Tobias Figueiredo and Chema Rodriguez.
Right now, he is undroppable. With the other three defenders set to compete for the other central defensive berth on Saturday, Worrall might as well lace his boots up now.
Dawson turned 36 this week. He won’t be around forever and Worrall has timed his purple patch to perfection.
Worrall has shown that there can be life after the legendary Forest defender and supporters will hope he is a mainstay for many years to come.