Nottingham Forest are set for a very busy summer as Chris Hughton looks to build a squad that is capable of winning promotion.
There will be a lot of excitement about who arrives at the City Ground but it’s equally important that the Reds manage to keep hold of key men.
However, one man who could be on the move is Joe Worrall. The centre-back has established himself as one of the top performers in the Championship over the years, with his performances catching the eye.
Burnley and West Ham are two clubs thought to be keeping tabs on the defender and a fee in the region of £10m could be enough to prise Worrall away from the east Midlands.
If that was to happen, we look at the potential impacts it would have on Forest…
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Forest lose a key player
Firstly, there’s no getting away from the fact that it would be a big blow for Forest’s promotion ambitions.
As mentioned, Worrall has been outstanding in the heart of the defence and it’s not just his ability that makes him such as asset, as the academy graduate is a vocal figure on the pitch and a leader in the dressing room.
Therefore, he would be a loss for Hughton and the team.
A new centre-back is needed
Following on from that, Hughton would need to go into the market to sign a replacement.
Loic Mbe Soh and Tobias Figueiredo are both decent options to partner Scott McKenna, and the young Frenchman could go on to become a top player, but another centre-back would be required.
Ideally, Forest would be able to attract an experienced defender who has the know-how at this level to help Forest push for promotion.
They can strengthen the squad elsewhere
It wouldn’t all be negative for Forest though, even if Worrall would be a miss.
That’s because it would give Hughton some much-needed funds that will allow him to strengthen the squad in other areas. A £10m fee could see a few players arrive and overall the team could be in a stronger position if the signings are up to scratch, although that is a big risk.