Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates will have the perfect chance to show Middlesbrough what they’re missing this weekend.
In the summer the midfielder was linked with a move away from the City Ground, with Boro and Millwall keen to sign him (Mirror).
Forest stood firm though and eight games into the season that looks like being a good decision by the club.
Although it’s been a tricky start for the Reds, Yates has been one of Forest’s best performers from the middle of the park.
The 22-year-old appears to have come of age this season, playing every minute under Chris Hughton’s management.
It’s pretty easy to see why Neil Warnock would welcome a player like Yates into his squad.
The academy graduate might divide supporters but one thing he doesn’t lack is heart – a trait which Warnock typically builds teams on.
This season, Yates has a pass success ratio of 78.5% (Who Scored) and alongside Jack Colback, he has performed extremely well.
In truth for a central midfielder player, his passing could be better. At Luton, however, he showed signs of improvement, completing 92% of his passes.
Yates will get a lot of slack cut from his critics if he starts showing signs of improvement. It’s fair to say he is doing that right now.
Middlesbrough and Millwall were both thought to have made bids of £1.5 million rising to £2 million during the summer.
Those were knocked back by the club and given he has played every minute and registered two assists under Hughton, that valuation might be creeping up.
The hardworking Yates is still trying to prove to some people what is role is in the Forest team and as a young player, of course he can still improve.
He should play tomorrow and if he does, Boro might get a glimpse of what they could have signed with Yates.