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Birtles reveals the one Nottingham Forest player who has been the standout performer so far

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Former Nottingham Forest player Gary Birtles has suggested that defender Joe Worrall has been the Reds’ standout performer during the opening months of the season.

Worrall was sent out on a season-long loan to Rangers last summer by then Forest manager Aitor Karanka, and the 22-year-old produced some impressive performances for the Scottish club in both the SPFL and Europa League last term, making 28 appearances across all competitions.

The centre-back has returned to the City Ground this summer a more rounded player, and he has been trusted by Sabri Lamouchi to become a crucial part of the Reds’ defence – and that trust has been rewarded with some excellent performances, which has helped Forest concede the second fewest amount of league goals so far with just 13 shipped.

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Speaking to the Nottingham Post, Birtles revealed that he believes Worrall has been the Reds standout performer so far this season and that his loan move to Rangers has made a real impact on his consistency so far this term, saying: “I’ve been mulling over the season to date, and wondered who had been the stand-out performer.

“I think if push came to shove, I’d have to pick Joe Worrall at the moment.

“He’s returned a much better player and though Aitor Karanka came under fire for allowing him to leave, you have to say it’s worked out quite well.
“It would be hard to pick out anyone that’s been more consistent than he has so far this season.”
The Verdict
Worrall has certainly been an excellent performer so far this season for Nottingham Forest, and he has, as Birtles rightly suggests, been one of their most crucial players striking up an excellent partnership with Michael Dawson at the heart of the Reds’ defence.
The 22-year-old appears to have returned full of confidence following his loan spell with Rangers last season, where he quickly established himself as a key part of Steven Gerrard’s side – and he also gained invaluable experience playing in Europe for the Scottish club which will only have enhanced his belief of being able to make an impact for the Reds.
Lamouchi deserves credit for entrusting Worrall with being one of his first choice centre-backs, and he has been rewarded with the 22-year-old showing great maturity in his reading of the game so far this term, and if he continues to improve at his current rate then the Reds could even face problems holding onto him in the next few years.

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