Sabri Lamouchi has claimed that Nottingham Forest star Joe Worrall reminds him of a World Cup winner. The Reds skipper penned a new long-term contract last week and it’s richly deserved.

The 26-year-old defender has been in fine form during the 2023/24 campaign and is starting to improve. Forest are now seeing the very best of Worrall and long may that continue.

Forest Worrall
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The academy graduate has played every game in the Premier League for the Reds this season. He was sent off against Manchester United but he was quite unfortunate on that occasion.

Worrall will likely keep his place in the Forest team when Burnley arrive on Trentside this evening. He will once again lead the team as they look to win a third match of the campaign.

Ahead of tonight’s game, The Athletic have produced a feature on Worrall. In it, some quotes have been given by Lamouchi who managed Worrall during the 2019/20 campaign.

He reminds the Frenchman of a player he played alongside at Parma. Fabio Cannavaro won the World Cup with Italy and Lamouchi thinks the two have similar qualities.

He told The Athletic: “He just loves to defend. It’s all that matters to him. He reminds me of Fabio Cannavaro from when I played at Parma.”

Forest captain Worrall reminds Lamouchi of Cannavaro

Clearly, there is some way for Worrall to go to emulate the iconic Italian superstar. However, there is some sense in terms of what Lamouchi is trying to say.

Worrall does love to defend. He’s the sort of player that you’d want with you in the trenches and ultimately that’s the kind of player that Forest fans typically appreciate.

Forest Worrall
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Cannavaro won the World Cup in 2006 when Italy beat France. He’s now gone into management and was in charge of Benevento last season.

Worrall will hope to continue improving as the season progresses. He still has some way to go as a player but his new contract should now give him the confidence to kick on.

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