This piece is part of a new feature, where here at Nottingham Forest News we will reflect and mark the performances of our squad from the Championship campaign that recently concluded.

Up next, we move into centre-back territory and have a look at Joe Worrall.

The youngster once again showcased why several Premier League clubs are monitoring his progress.

He was a breath of fresh air at the back and in the eyes of many supporters he should be the captain.

Forest had a plethora of defensive options to choose from but when fit, Worrall was comfortably first choice.

What did he do well?

Everything. In a nuthshell, Worrall was Forest’s Player of the Year and produced the goods more often than not.

An injury in just the second game of the season curtailed his progress for a couple of months and that was a hammer blow for Forest.

Despite a disappointing season for the team, Worrall came of age. He was often the defensive rock and seems to have a big influence on his teammates.

Joe Worrall
(Photo; Alex Pantling; Getty Images)

Previously the 24-year-old has let mistakes creep into his game but during 2020/21 he cut those out.

He’s strong in the air, superb in the tackle and reads the game incredibly well.

Worrall played 33 times during the campaign, registering one goal and one assist.

 

Where can he improve?

This is a difficult one as Worrall didn’t do a lot wrong at all during 2020/21.

He did pick up two injuries but nobody chooses to pick those up – and Worrall won’t have liked missing games.

For someone so uncompromising perhaps the defender could weigh in with more goals.

Particularly from set-pieces, perhaps Forest can try and find away to get Worrall in the goals more often.

Summary

If Forest manage to keep the defender at the club beyond the summer transfer window, it will represent superb business.

Worrall is developing into a fine player and Forest’s disappointing campaign was no slight on him.

For the Reds to be in with a shout of improving their fortunes next season, the Hucknall-born enforcer has to be kept.

With Burnley and West Brom previously showing an interest, however, it may prove tricky.

Joe Worrall
(Photo; Robbie Jay Barratt; AMA; Getty Images)

Worrall would dearly like to be the man to lead Forest back into the Premier League and it seems unlikely he’ll demand to leave.

A nervy summer awaits though and after last season, the Reds will be fielding plenty of calls regarding the £15 million-rated Worrall.

Season rating: 9

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