Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates has claimed what he’d love to start doing next season after scoring against Levante. The Reds defeated the La Liga outfit 2-1 to finish their tour of Spain with a victory.
Yates opened the scoring after just three minutes of the contest at Levante’s training facility. Danilo added a further goal shortly after, with the Reds winning despite having Taiwo Awoniyi sent off.
The Reds bounced back from a defeat to Valencia in midweek. Although winning doesn’t mean much during pre-season games, it’s always nice to start winning games and grow in confidence.
Yates scoring goals could offer a glimpse into the future. The Reds performer has suggested that he wants to add more to his game and claims he’s been told by Steve Cooper that he might play further forward.
He told The Athletic: “I want to be relentless in trying to improve. I want to bring goals to my game, particularly if I’m going to play a little higher as a No 8.”
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The 25-year-old was sorely missed when he suffered from an illness last season. It wasn’t clear what he’d actually done but Forest saw their form stutter without Yates in the team.
Alongside Danilo, he could prove to be a very useful asset. Scoring goals is definitely something he will have to work on, however, with his finishing sometimes erratic.
If he does, however, he could offer the Reds a different option in the No 8 role. He’s always been capable of getting into good areas and he will hope to continue that trait.
Yates claims he wants to score more goals for Forest and hints at positional tweak
This could certainly help Forest when it comes to scoring more goals next season. Yates is a player who always gives his all when he’s called upon and having him buzzing around further forward might prove ideal.
Forest will want to make sure they have options all over the pitch. Ultimately, this perhaps suggests that the Reds will look to sign a new defensive midfielder, with Ibrahim Sangare on the radar.
Yates will continue to work tirelessly for the Forest team. If he has his way, it would appear that the player might be appearing on the score sheet more often than not during 2023/24.