Very few Nottingham Forest players divide opinion quite like midfield maestro Ryan Yates.

The academy graduate has been a first-team regular for some time now and over the last few months, he’s been brilliant.

Under the stewardship of Steve Cooper, Yates has really kicked on in the Garibaldi.

The 24-year-old is now starting to add some goals to his game on a consistent basis and is turning a sizeable corner.

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Previously it’s been an ongoing joke that Yates had a head that is akin to a 50 pence piece.

Often, crosses would find him beautifully but his header would normally sail into orbit or hopelessly wide.

Now, he’s a changed man. His goal on Monday against West Brom was his ninth of the campaign and his seventh on the back of a set piece.

Playmaker Stats on Twitter showcase that this is quite a feat.

He’s now overtaken Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has scored six from set-piece situations, at the top of the list for Championship goals scored from dead-balls.

It’s a remarkable transformation and Yates is now looking like a threat from every single delivery that Forest put into the box.

Yates transformation has been remarkable and he’s now a key man for Forest

The youngster has gone from being a hot topic of discussion over whether he even deserves a shirt to one of the first names on Cooper’s team sheet.

Yates deserves every bit of praise that comes his way and naturally, the fans are starting to buy into what he does for the team.

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That said, there are still imperfections in his game. He is occasionally lackadaisical in possession but his errors are less frequent these days.

Yates has turned a lot of his critics around and naturally, he’s getting a lot of praise at the moment.

The player looks set to get double figures for goals for the campaign and that shows that he’s turned a sizeable corner.

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