Ryan Yates was named man-of-the-match after Nottingham Forest’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion, scoring one goal. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a renaissance after returning to the first-team and didn’t let Martin O’Neill down with another fantastic performance.
what a player, now we need to see @ArvinAppiah being given the same opportunity
— jake (@jpiggers1805) February 12, 2019
Well done Ryan, simply undroppable now with that determination to win.
— RobboTheRed (@Robbothered1) February 12, 2019
Well done Ryan you deserved that ????????????
— Ady T (@Ady_T22) February 12, 2019
Only a matter of time before he’s a regular in the team, surprised it’s took this long. Seen a lot of Ryan at Scunthorpe, great all round player. Big future in the game ⚽️
— Gary McSheffrey (@McSheffreyGary) February 13, 2019
Well played Ryan. You all did us proud ????
— Nicola Louise Taylor (@NicolaLouiseTa1) February 12, 2019
Well done Ryan! ????
— Tom (@TomNffc4) February 12, 2019
@RyanYates97 congrats on MOTM performance and your 2 goals!
— Dean Jones (@kramerdownunder) February 13, 2019
Well played Ryan ????
— NIRedTree (@RedTree_NI) February 12, 2019
After spending the majority of the season out of the matchday squad, Yates has been brought back to the fray at the turn of the year. He was a substitute in four Championship outings before Forest’s 2-1 win over Brentford and has now picked up 180 minutes in his last two games.
Up until mid-January, Yates had only racked up six minutes of playing time in the league, but now he’s a regular under O’Neill. He spent last season on loan at Notts County and Scunthorpe United and was limited to the reserves months ago.
But he’s worked hard to get himself back into contention and could see out the campaign as a first-teamer. Supporters are delighted with his form and should be pleased with O’Neill helping to turn his career around. Yates looked down and out for a period, but now he’s one of the first names on the teamsheet.