Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is a firm fan favourite at the football club. Last night he captained the side as the Reds drew 1-1 with Sheffield United.
The 24-year-old was tipped to depart the City Ground in the summer. Brentford, Southampton and West Ham were all thought to be interested in his services.
Worrall stayed at Forest though and after missing the start of the campaign, he’s not proving his worth yet again.
The academy graduate has been forced into a new role under Steve Cooper. He now operates on the right-hand side of a three-man defence and he’s getting to grips with it nicely.
Alongside Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna, the Forest defender looks to be adapting nicely to a change of scenery.
Last night it was Worrall who shone to the fore. With other players handing praise to the attacking talent on display, it was the defender who slipped under the radar.
Some stats back this up too. Who Scored detail that Worrall made 52 passes, highlighting that Cooper wants his defenders to be playing out from the back.
He was solid defensively too. Worrall made four tackles and produced five interceptions as Forest ensured they claimed a point against the Blades.
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It’s sad but the Reds won’t be able to keep hold of their prized asset for much longer. Premier League clubs are already monitoring the situation and a move nearly happened in the summer.
Worrall does appear to be enjoying his football though. Hopefully, Forest can resist any offers in January and keep hold of the centre-back until the summer at least.
Last night he turned in his best performance under Cooper. He looks to be getting to grips with the three-man system and that doesn’t bode well for Championship attackers.