Some statistics have emerged highlighting exactly where Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates can improve his game under Chris Hughton.

The youngster divides opinion among Forest supporters and that’s largely due to many feeling that his role is yet unclear.

Yates has plenty of confidence and shows more energy than most other players who can operate in a similar role to him.

The challenge is to add some genuine quality on the ball to his abundance of energy and confirm to supporters exactly what midfield role he can do.

Forest are desperately craving a genuine No.8 and some statistics have shown that with some tweaks Yates could be capable.

According to The Second Tier Pod, Yates has had seven shots this season without scoring a goal.

Lewis Grabban sits top of that list with 22 shots, with his teammate just behind him in fifth.

If the 22-year-old is serious about showing Chris Hughton – and the Forest supporters – that he can play a genuine box-to-box role, his finishing must improve.


Given his age there is plenty of scope for him to do that.

Yates has missed good chances against Rotherham and Middlesbrough this season; chances that would have put more points on the board for Forest.


The academy graduate has played 54 times for Forest, scoring just four goals.

Admittedly he has largely played as a holding midfielder but the opportunity is there for Yates to potentially flourish in a new role.

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His performances in large have been hard to criticise this season. He has shown courage, determination and he recently claimed the Man of the Match award against Luton.

As a young player there is room for improvement, however, and Yates will know that.

Finishing off some of the chances he gets would be a great start and could see Yates flourish further at the City Ground.

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