Despite the January transfer window only recently closing, Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is a wanted man ahead of the summer.
Worrall has been on Burnley’s radar on more than one occasion in the past, but the Premier League side failed to make a move for the defender in January despite the club being taken over by new owners.
According to The Sun, West Bromwich Albion are now interested in signing Worrall, with scouts watching the centre-half in action in a 3-0 away win over Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend.
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Worrall has been a key player over the last couple of years. The 24-year-old was an ever-present in the Championship under Sabri Lamouchi last season, and he has started every game under Chris Hughton since returning from a broken foot injury in December.
In Lewis Grabban’s absence, Worrall has captained his boyhood club and has played a key role in Forest’s recent revival towards the wrong end of the Championship table.
Here, we take a look at three reasons as to why Worrall should snub any potential West Brom move and stay at the City Ground this summer.
Is it a step up?
Worrall is a young, determined player who will have ambitions of playing in the Premier League in the not so distant future.
Whilst West Brom may be a Premier League outfit at the moment, they could well be back in the Championship next season. Sam Allardyce’s side sit 11 points adrift of safety, with only 15 games left to turn things around.
Forest look increasingly likely to avoid any threat of relegation after two back-to-back away wins this week, and Chris Hughton will be hoping to rebuild his squad this summer ahead of a potential promotion push next season.
The two clubs, then, will more than likely share the same remit next season. Win promotion to the Premier League, and play in England’s top-flight. Would Worrall rather do that with West Brom, or with his boyhood club?
Whilst Worrall will want to play in the Premier League one day, he has spoken on numerous occasions about how proud he is to captain his boyhood club.
It remains to be seen how long Lewis Grabban stays at Forest beyond this season, but there is every chance that Worrall will sport the captain’s armband for good in 2021/22.
Leading Forest to a play-off push and potentially back into the Premier League would mean a lot more to him than joining West Brom would, you feel.
Uncertainty in management
If West Brom do go down, then that would ask a lot of questions regarding Sam Allardyce’s future at the Hawthorns. Would he want to stay and help them get promoted from the Championship, after overseeing their relegation?
In Chris Hughton, Worrall has a manager who trusts him, plays him regularly, and will undoubtedly be at the helm planning for Forest’s future in the summer.
Having that knowledge and assurance going forward can only be beneficial for the defender’s development and progress.