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.