To his credit, Nottingham Forest manager, Aitor Karanka, has been hard at work identifying potential targets and working to improve the options that he has at his disposal. Having already secured the signing of Michael Dawson from Hull City, it seems that Forest are inundated with defensive options, which could restrict players’ involvement such as Joe Worrall. However, the 21-year-old could prove to be a significant player for Forest.
The Forest defender amassed 35 first-team appearances last season. However, the arrival of Michael Dawson has increased the competition for defensive places in Karanka’s side. The pair will also be fighting alongside Danny Fox, Tobias Figueiredo and Michael Mancienne for a spot in Forest’s defensive setup, which will make for an intriguing pre-season.
Despite the wealth of defensive options that Forest have, new signing, Michael Dawson has disclosed his admiration for Joe Worrall in an interview with the Nottingham Post.
“I think Joe is a great player. The first time I really saw him was when Forest played Hull early on in the season.”
“He’s a big, physical boy. He’s good on the ball.”
“He’s like any young player, he will make mistakes, but I think the potential he has got is incredible.”
“From that first day when I played against him, I kept an eye on him. I was really impressed with the way he played, how he was on the ball. He plays in the right areas.”
“I look forward to working with him.”
Without question, Worrall has the potential to become a truly significant player for Forest. The 21-year-old is an accomplished centre-half, who flaunts terrific passing ability – which is particularly impressive for a defender. He also exhibits superb blocking ability, and he’s highly regarded for his cautious and sensible approach to his defensive duties.
While areas of his game require attention, such as his concentration, he flaunts tremendous potential, and he’s already illustrated his ability to maintain a high standard of performance, on a consistent basis for Forest. He can become a vital player for Aitor Karanka.
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