Ryan Yates is a man who gets more criticism from supporters than probably any other Forest player. As a fellow academy graduate, Joe Worrall is on the same path as Yates and he’s subtly defended his teammate on Twitter.
Yates scored for the Reds on Saturday. He planted a header into the Birmingham net to give the Reds a two-goal cushion and the delight was written all over his face.
The 23-year-old has come under fire in the past. His form has often drawn criticism and to be fair, he has struggled for consistency during his time in the Forest team.
Under Cooper, there are clear signs of progress, however. Yates was good against Millwall he was impressive, whilst in the second half at Barnsley, he was arguably Forest’s best performer.
On Saturday it was more of the same. Yates was in form and helped Forest claim another big three points to pull clear of the relegation zone.
Worrall also made a nice return to form at the weekend. He has looked a little out of sorts since returning to the team against Derby in August.
The pair are both from the academy and with that comes a certain degree of pressure. Based on Saturday, however, the Reds are fortunate to have both.
What has Worrall said about Forest teammate Yates?
Yates was the player put up for an interview by the club after Saturday’s win over Birmingham. One line, in particular, caught the eye.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “I would sacrifice my whole life to win games of football for this football club.”
Worrall retweeted the comment with a subtle defence of his teammate who constantly seems to be getting stick from Forest supporters.
In fairness, the commitment from Yates to the Forest cause has never been in question. The challenge for the youngster now is to strive for consistency.
If he does that, his critics around the City Ground will quickly go quiet.