Joe Worrall looks set to be a player in-demand this summer.
The Nottingham Forest defender has established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Championship after making 137 appearances for the Reds since being promoted to the first team set-up.
Despite having a long-term contract at the club, reports have linked the 24-year-old with a move to Premier League club Burnley as they look to bolster their defensive ranks.
Here we take a look at the link to assess whether it’d be a good move for the player.
Is it a good potential move?
There’s no doubt that this could be a good move.
Joe Worrall is capable of stepping up to life in the Premier League and with Sean Dyche as his manager there’s no doubt that he’d adapt to life in the top flight much quicker than many would think.
A move to Burnley would be tough to tough down, but of course it would depend on Nottingham Forest’s asking price.
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Would he start?
It depends on what happens at Burnley this summer.
Ben Mee and James Tarkowski are undoubtedly Sean Dyche’s number one central defensive partnership right now, but the latter has been regularly linked with a move away over the last 12 months, and is likely to be again in the coming months.
As it stands Worrall would face a big battle to secure a spot, but if Tarkowski was to move on then a spot in the starting XI could soon emerge.
What does he offer?
Joe Worrall is the definition of an old school defender.
While he does have ability on the ball, the 24-year-old is renowned for his ability to win headers, block and physical challenges with Championship strikers, making him one of the toughest opponents for many attacking lines in the league.
These attributes are exactly why he’d fit in perfectly at Burnley and why they’re so determined to get a deal done.