It looks like they’re not going to give up on this chase are they?
It was reported back in November that Arsenal were keeping a close eye on Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, with them potentially bringing him in during the January transfer window. And although talks of the Gunners making a move for him have yet to fully materialise, it does look as though a change in the dugout hasn’t totally changed plans in North London
And according to TeamTalk, scouts were sent to Saturday’s FA Cup game against Chelsea in hopes of seeing him in action up close. Although sadly for them, he didn’t manage to get on the pitch as Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi named a heavily changed side, and Worrall didn’t even make the bench.
I have said in the past that Forest need to do everything in their power to try and keep him, because he is someone that is not only having an effect on the team this season, but given his age, could potentially be part of the bedrock of this team for years to come.
Which is why Nottingham Forest need to do with Worrall the exact same thing that they did with Matty Cash, and offer him a new contract, something I also advocated for when there were reports (The Sun 15/11/19, page 74) of him moving away from the City Ground, and all of a sudden those rumours started to disappear.
The same needs to be done with Worrall, for the same reason as Cash, because it gives the club huge power when it comes to negotiating if an offer for the 22-year-old does come in. It either forces a club like Arsenal to pay through the nose for him, meaning that Forest gets a good return and can use the money to buy a viable replacement, or it completely scares them away.
Will Worrall leave in January if Arsenal offer the right price?
It’s the quickest and easiest way to make sure that the club are in control of the situation, and it can give the fans peace of mind knowing that they won’t end up being ripped off one way or the other.