Scott McKenna has raved about Joe Worrall ahead of Nottingham Forest’s game with Huddersfield Town tomorrow.
The Scotland international has been speaking to the club’s official media channels on his time at the club so far.
McKenna arrived at Forest during the summer. He has made 21 appearances in his maiden campaign playing in England.
The centre-back has taken to life in England with aplomb and he’s credited Worrall with helping him to settle in the Championship.
He told the club’s official website: “It’s been good, we have missed quite a lot of each other as I have been injured and Joe has been injured at different times. But playing with him, I’ve really enjoyed it.
“He has been playing in this league for a number of years now so he’s looked after me when I have come in and played next to him.”
Forest fans will hope that Chris Hughton is able to keep Worrall and McKenna as the central defensive partnership next season.
The homegrown defender is likely to attract Premier League interest, but supporters will hope he is still a Reds star come August.
McKenna has taken to life in the Championship really well. The fact he’s left-footed brings a real balance to the team and as a result, Forest have looked solid at the back.
The 24-year-old is strong in the tackle, good on the ball and reads the game exceptionally well.
Alongside Worrall, the pair have struck up quite a partnership and it’s one that could get even better if given time to develop.
The big challenge will be keeping both at the club beyond the end of this season. It’ll be interesting to see if the pandemic has an impact on Forest’s ability to keep hold of their best players.
If Worrall can be tempted to stick around, however, Forest will have the foundations for a strong campaign during 2021/22.
Forest will need new signings in the summer. With McKenna and Worrall still at the club, Hughton won’t need to put too much work into strengthening at centre-back.
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