Nottingham Forest were beaten 3-2 by Bournemouth at the City Ground yesterday and Steve Cooper now has a big call to make over two of his stars.
Ryan Yates and Joe Worrall were integral parts of the team that helped the team win promotion. Yesterday both highlighted that perhaps they can’t be part of the future of the football club.
As long as Forest remain in the Premier League, Cooper has two big decisions to make over his star players who are both born and bred in Nottingham.
Yesterday against Bournemouth, both players were poor. Worrall has looked cagey in each of Forest’s six Premier League games and has already collected four yellow cards.
Yates bleeds Forest. But, is that enough now the Reds are dining at the top table? During the Saturday clash, Cheikhou Kouyate did the work of two players, with the 24-year-old ineffective.
Forest have a proud history with their academy. Gary Brazil has done some amazing work at the football club and naturally, fans do like to see their own step up to the first team.
Now, the Reds have to park sentiment though and entrust players who have been signed for millions of pounds.
Yesterday, Forest had £18 million worth of midfielders on the bench. Remo Freuler and Lewis O’Brien must have wondered what was going on when Jack Colback was summonsed to replace Cheikhou Kouyate late in the piece.
Cooper has big call over two top stars
This is where the Forest head coach will earn his coin. He now has to quickly park this game and bring the feel-good factor back to the City Ground.
In order to do that he has two seriously big decisions to make over his captain and his vice-captain over the next eight days.
If Forest go to Leeds and lose it will be four defeats on the spin and by then the Reds could also be propping up the Premier League.
Yates did start the campaign injured but his performance yesterday did little to warrant his inclusion over O’Brien or Freuler.
As for Worrall, the fact that he’s the captain is likely to ensure that he plays at Leeds but right now his place in the team looks to be in question.
Plenty of supporters would welcome the duo enjoying a revival of some sort but yesterday’s defeat suggests that both players are now on borrowed time under Cooper.