Nottingham Forest midfielder Harry Arter has advised Ryan Yates to ignore the critics and focus on his football during an interview with the Nottinghamshire Live.
The Republic of Ireland international is nursing a minor injury problem that kept him out of his country’s games last week.
Whether he will be fit or not to start this weekend remains to be seen but Yates will be available for selection.
The academy graduate has been in decent form this season. He has played nine times in the Championship, registering two assists.
Yates has often divided opinion among supporters but Arter has given the youngster some advice.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “Sometimes fans just pick on a certain player.
“One thing I would like to say, and especially on Ryan’s behalf, is that I’ve not played with him much but I can see he’s someone who loves the club.
“He would run through a brick wall for the club. When you’re part of a team, as a teammate, all you ask it 100 per cent from someone.
“He’s not selfish, he doesn’t think of himself – he’s a team player.
“We need a player with Ryan’s mentality in the team. Hopefully, we can continue playing the same way.
“With Ryan it won’t be through a lack of trying.”
Challenge for Yates
Once Arter is fit, there will be a real fight for places in the Nottingham Forest ranks.
Yates has been decent this season, whilst Jack Colback and Samba Sow have done really well in recent weeks.
With that in mind, the 22-year-old will undoubtedly face a test of his character.
The aforementioned trio are all vastly experienced and with Forest still near the foot of the table, Chris Hughton might trust that element.
Yates has been decent this season though and perhaps some of the criticism has been unjust.
The challenge for the midfield maestro is to switch off from the criticism, continue learning and ultimately try and keep his place in the Forest team.