Chris Hughton has heaped praise on Ryan Yates after starting him for his first two matches in charge of Nottingham Forest.

In an interview with Nottinghamshire Live, he explained what role he sees the central midfielder playing when called upon in his team.

Hughton has deployed the 22-year-old alongside Jack Colback in games against Blackburn and Rotherham United.

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It saw the academy graduate bring up 50 games in the red of Forest.

Although Yates divides the fanbase it seems there is no doubt behind the scenes of the quality the youngster possesses.

Hughton was quizzed on the midfielder after the game against Rotherham at the City Ground.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I do like him. I’ve seen Ryan in the last couple of seasons from the times I’ve watched games.

“He’s a particular type of player, as is anyone that will play in that midfield role. He has qualities.


“It’s about getting the right balance in there. He’s a committed player, a whole-hearted player.

Yates was handed the chance to shine under Martin O’Neill when he took over at the club, becoming a mainstay under the Northern Irishman.

Last season he started the campaign injured but quickly proved himself to Sabri Lamouchi, making 28 appearances and scoring three goals.

Now the challenge for Yates is to prove he is worth becoming a permanent fixture in Hughton’s team.

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Having started the first two games he will fancy his chances of doing that, although Harry Arter’s slight knock has probably helped.

Yates will need to show all of his determination skills to continue as a regular in Hughton’s team.

Few can deny his work rate but the challenge for the prospect now is to add consistency to his game.

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