Nottingham Forest’s season looks set to peter out disappointingly, with the Reds sat in 11th place and three points off the top-six with eight matches remaining.
But there have still been some positives to take through individual performances, not least from midfielder Ryan Yates.
Yates only picked up his first start for the club in January when he was thrown in by Martin O’Neill to face Brentford in the 2-0 home win.
He impressed, and has started every match since, becoming a fan favourite and very highly-rated.
Not least by former Forest favourite Chris Cohen, who coaches the club’s under-23 side, and says that the 21-year-old has all the potential to go on to play at the elite level of the game, he told the Nottingham Post.
So, is Cohen right? Can Yates go on to play at such a level?
“Cohen is absolutely right.
“Yates is such a talented midfielder who has worked so hard to force his way into O’Neill’s plans.
“He wears his heart on his sleeve and has a massive future in the game.”
“Everything that has been said and seen about Yates so far appears to suggest that he is on the right track.
“It should be remembered however that this is a young player who has yet to get a full season in the Championship under his belt.
“So there is still much for him to prove before calls like this can be made definitively, even if the early signs are more than promising.”
“I think Cohen is spot on.
“Yates has been fantastic since coming into the Forest side and has all the ability necessary to make it at the highest level.
“Even more importantly he seems to have the perfect mindset. Focused, driven and disciplined.”