Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is likely to be the subject of interest from several Premier League clubs during January.
Given Forest’s lofty league position that is natural. The Reds are fourth in the Championship and as a result, top-flight outfits will be monitoring the club’s talent.
Worrall has played every minute of every league game for the Reds and has been impressive after his year on loan at Rangers.
He has shown a clear desire to make up for lost time at the club he calls his own and his progress has been evident.
The 22-year-old is playing well at the moment and looks like he could be set for a big future at the City Ground.
Worrall is ambitious and it goes without saying that if Forest aren’t promoted in the next few years, they could be powerless when it comes to keeping him around.
The time should have come where Forest stop selling their players on the cheap. Under Evangelos Marinakis and the hierarchy in place these days, that hasn’t seemed like being the case, in truth.
If Forest want an indication as to how much Worrall is worth they should look no further than Adam Webster’s transfer to Brighton in the summer.
The 25-year-old signed for the Seagulls for £20 million (BBC). He earned the moved having played 98 games in the Championship.
Worrall is three years younger than the Premier League player and already has 77 appearances in the second tier to his name.
In this day and age, there is no reason why Forest shouldn’t use the Webster deal as a benchmark.
Worrall is a vitally important part of Sabri Lamouchi’s team and £20 million for a player nurtured by Forest’s academy should be the absolute minimum valuation.
The centre-back won’t be in a hurry to move on and from a supporters perspective, it will be hoped that Worrall plays plenty more games for the Reds.
Worrall’s dream would be to pull on the red shirt with the club in the Premier League and that’s where his immediate priority lies.
If the time does come for the defender to leave, however, Forest must hold out for the true value of a player who has shown flashes of real quality.