Talk about putting your foot down.
There’s a little part of me that was tempted to start cheering like the crowd at a taping of Oprah, such was the feeling of joy that came with Sabri Lamouchi’s words.
With the January transfer window now well underway, there are a few rumours surrounding Nottingham Forest, but one of the big ones concerns defender Joe Worrall, who is being tracked by a number of Premier League sides.
However, Forest boss Lamouchi has pretty much shut the door when it comes to any notion of the defender leaving the City Ground whilst he is in charge. Speaking in his press conference ahead of this weekend’s game with Reading, the Frenchman laid down the law in regards to players leaving the club and said that he would not under any circumstances allow a player like him to leave under his supervision:
“No way. With me, it is impossible, because we are here to try to achieve a dream altogether. Don’t talk to me about money. Don’t talk to me about challenges. Joe Worrall is from Forest. Cashy (Matty Cash) is from Forest. We have started a job together. I will never give permission to do that. They (the club) have permission to give me more players only.”
Truly great words, but there is really only so far that those words can go without some action to accompany it. He mentions Matty Cash there, and he is perhaps the perfect example of it, mainly because it’s so recent. When he signed his new contract a few months ago, those rumours of him leaving the club (The Sun, 15/11/19, page 74) went away.
And it might sound like I’m banging the same drum, but the evidence is there to prove that it works, give him a new contract and just put these rumours to bed, not just for this window, but for future windows as well.
Should we be giving Worrall a new deal?
If he is deemed as the future of this club, then let us actually see that it’s the case.