Nottingham Forest star Joe Worrall has given teammate Ryan Yates a backhanded compliment during an interview with Robin Chipperfield – and then compared him to Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo!

The defender sat down with the former BBC Radio Nottingham boffin for a no holds barred chat recently. When the talk turned to Yates, Worrall paid the Forest man some compliments.

Yates is close to bringing up 100 appearances in the Garibaldi. Despite that, he’s been striving for consistency and some fans have criticised him in the past.

Under Steve Cooper, he is starting to showcase real quality. Arguably for the first time in a Forest shirt, he’s showing the required performance levels to warrant becoming a mainstay.

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The Reds have been in fine form under their new head coach. They are averaging over two points a game since he arrived at the City Ground and things seem to be on the up.

Worrall won’t accept any slander on the standards Yates sets himself at Forest. However, he has given the 23-year-old a firm backhanded compliment.

He told Robin Chipperfield on YouTube: “He gets pelters the lad does. I love Yatesy to bits, probably more than any other player I’ve played with.

“He’s such an average footballer but he takes his game to the next level because he eats, sleeps and drinks football.

“Ryan lives in the gym, he eats so well and he doesn’t drink. He’s so focused on football that he is, I imagine, what Ronaldo is like. I speak of him in that high a bracket. I can see the headlines now, Worrall compares Yates to Ronaldo!

“He’s nowhere near as capable of a footballer but you’d never know he was suffering from constant abuse if you saw him in the changing room.”

Yates in fine form for Forest and he must keep it up

Cooper looks like the perfect manager for Yates. His development had stalled for months prior to his arrival but now he’s back on the right track.

He is keeping things simple and looks tailor-made for a midfield role in the Welsh head coach’s team.

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Alongside Jack Colback he’s been a really good player in recent weeks, keeping things simple and largely putting in plenty of work rate on the pitch.

The challenge for Yates now is to continue on an upward curve and keep striving for good form on a consistent basis.

If he does that, the critics will soon climb down from his back.

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