Ian McParland has made the shocking claim that he believes Nottingham Forest fans go over the top about Ryan Yates. The Reds midfielder returned to action after a short lay-off in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Everton.
It’s not clear why Yates was ruled out of action. It’s a medical problem that will remain private among the midfielder and the club but it’s certainly refreshing to see him back on the pitch.
The 25-year-old has been a very useful player for Forest over the past few years. He was instrumental as the club reached the Premier League and he’s improved as the 2022/23 campaign has progressed.
McParland does feel as though the supporters sometimes go a little bit over the top with Yates. The midfielder is a firm fan favourite but the man who has coached Forest previously thinks it should be reigned in sometimes.
He told Notts TV: “Well done to Ryan Yates. But, let me put this into context. You’re playing Everton at home. In the first half, it’s like the old scenario, you’re losing 2-1 at half-time and there’s only one outcome in the second half.
“How many teams when they’re losing 2-1 or 2-0 come out and play better in the second half? They might not necessarily win the game but even up until Ryan Yates came on, they were better.
“I’m really delighted to see the young lad back. I know he’s a fan favourite but I do think they go over the top a bit sometimes. He does well for the team but I’m not getting carried away that he’s going to be the saviour.
“I’m delighted he’s back in the team and he will help Forest.
McParland makes shocking claim about Yates
Perhaps fans have been guilty of this in the past but not anymore. Yates has proved his critics wrong this season, proving that he can be a quality performer at Premier League level.
Yates hasn’t always found consistency easy to come by. That hasn’t been a problem in recent times though and he’s been sorely missed over the last few weeks.
Forest will now hope that Yates is over his injury issues. He can be a huge player for the Reds between now and the end of the season as Forest try and stay in the Premier League.