Ryan Yates is a player who divides opinion among the Nottingham Forest fan base.

His form under Steve Cooper has been magnificent though and for that he deserves credit.

Many supporters have bemoaned his inconsistency in recent years but thankfully he looks on top of that now.

Yates is coming up to a century of appearances for the Reds and is a key component of Cooper’s midfield.

He, along with Scott McKenna, is the only player to have started all 13 of Forest’s league games this season.

Forest Yates
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Yates wasn’t the only player to struggle under Chris Hughton. He rarely played well but it’s fair to say he wasn’t the only one.

Playing in an ultra-defensive system, it was integral that Yates was proficient in keeping the ball.

More often than not he was guilty of turning over possession and some supporters turned on the academy graduate.

Now, he’s proving his critics wrong. Some statistics from Who Scored certainly make interesting reading on Yates.

If anything they showcase the good, the bad and the ugly sides of his game and there will be some intrigue around the numbers.

Statistically Speaking: Assessing Forest man Ryan Yates

Starting with the good, Yates has made 42 tackles, which along with Max Lowe is the highest of any Forest player.

He’s also blocked 16 passes which is also the most of any Reds player during 2021/22.

In being fouled 30 times, the 23-year-old is also the most targeted player within the Forest ranks.

Bizarrely though, Yates has also committed the most fouls of any Reds star, with 22 across the campaign.

The academy man is also guilty of the most inaccurate short passes with 103, which works out at an average of just over 6 per game.

As for the ugly, Yates is the closest of any Forest player to a suspension with four yellow cards at this moment in time.

As a summary, this proves a few points at this stage of the current campaign.

With Forest doing well in the league under Cooper, there really is no need for childish point-scoring.

One good performance doesn’t make him West Bridgford’s version of Zinedine Zidane and one bad performance doesn’t make him rubbish and ideal for the transfer list.

Everything needs to be taken into context.

Yates is a young player and he’s still learning his trade. Likewise, he has now almost fetched up 100 appearances for the club and that consistency should be there.

Forest Yates
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With Cooper at the helm, Yates has been fantastic and for that, he does deserve praise.

At the same time, that doesn’t mean those that doubted him previously were wrong to criticise him when he was struggling before.

We’re all Forest and everyone behind the players pulling in the same direction is a big positive and something which the team buys into.

Long may Yates’ good form in the Forest team continue.

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