Nottingham Forest beat Huddersfield Town on Monday night and the game could prove to be a turning point in the career of Ryan Yates.

The 23-year-old was utterly brilliant and scored the winner as Forest became the first team to defeat the Terriers this year.

To a man, it was a performance that had Forest fans hitting repeat on a certain Depeche Mode classic, although it was Yates who really caught the eye.

Few players have divided opinion in recent memory than the Forest academy graduate.

Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
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On Monday when the matchday announcer revealed him as the Man of the Match; the City Ground unanimously took to their feet to applaud.

Yates was frankly irresistible. His passing was on point, he worked typically hard and he was also roaring into tackles as if it was the last time he’d ever step foot onto a pitch.

Some statistics highlight his brilliance. Who Scored show that he made seven tackles which proved more than any other player on the pitch.

The football statistics website also have him down as making five clearances and winning two headers.

Yates had 86 touches of the ball and attempted 63 passes with a success ratio of 77.8% during his 90 minutes on the City Ground turf.

Challenge: Yates now needs consistency for Forest

If the youngster can find this level of consistency on a regular basis then the rest of the league better watch out!

In truth, if Yates could turn it on as he did against Huddersfield regularly he will be swapping the banks of the River Trent for the glitz and the glamour of the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
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That is the challenge now staring Yates in the face. His form under Steve Cooper has largely been good but this performance went to a new level.

The academy man now needs to keep his performance levels up.

For Yates, the bar has been raised and as his own biggest critics the time now is for the midfielder to silence his critics once and for all.

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