Steven Gerrard was recently appointed as the manager of Aston Villa and perhaps that will make Nottingham Forest nervous over Joe Worrall.
The former Rangers boss gave the young academy starlet a big break. He handed him the chance to join an illustrious football club on loan and sample Europa League football.
Gerrard has plenty of games between now and the January transfer window but he’ll likely want his own players to come in.
Naturally, that could see him target Worrall who will ultimately have a price on his head.
The 24-year-old recently admitted to Robin Chipperfield that he was close to moving to a Premier League outfit in the summer.
It never transpired and Worrall is now performing well once again for Forest.
Interest will return though and the more he keeps playing for the Reds, the more likely he will be to earn a shot at Premier League football.
Gerrard took Worrall in 2018 after Aitor Karanka made it clear he wasn’t part of his plans. During his season-long stint at Rangers, he made 32 appearances and scored a single goal.
The new Villa boss was a big fan of the Forest star during his time at the club.
Following his maiden appearance in the Europa League, Gerrard called him ‘outstanding’, despite in his opinion, Worrall being dropped in the deep end.
Will Gerrard raid Forest for Worrall?
It certainly shouldn’t be considered beyond the realms of possibility. Tyrone Mings has been linked with a move away from the club and perhaps another centre-back wouldn’t go amiss.
Worrall fits in with the ethos quite nicely at Villa Park. The club has enjoyed success in recent seasons by signing quality, young players from domestic-based clubs.
Matty Cash has proved a huge success since signing from Forest in 2020 and he made his debut for Poland last week.
Gerrard may have some other irons in the fire with regards to potential new recruits at Villa Park.
He will have monitored Worrall closely though and perhaps Forest can expect a new club to be in the running to sign him in the coming months.