Burnley are reportedly keen on signing Joe Worrall from Nottingham Forest in the summer transfer window.
Journalist Alan Nixon tweeted (via @reluctantnicko) that the Clarets would make a move for the centre-back if they can table a high enough offer to lure him from the City Ground, with Sheffield United also keen on the 23-year-old.
Middlesbrough. Want Ben Gibson back from Burnley but only on loan. Norwich also interested. Burnley would go for Worrall at Forest if raise funds. Sheff U also keen on Worrall.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 9, 2020
According to Lancashire Live, the Midlands outfit could realistically demand at least £10m for the defender, given that they value another Burnley target in Matty Cash in the region of £12m-£15m.
Worrall was an integral part of the Nottingham Forest side that just missed out on the Championship play-offs, featuring in every single minute of their league campaign under Sabri Lamouchi and providing a goal and four assists from centre-back (as per TransferMarkt).
The 23-year-old is generally composed in possession, with a passing success rate of 80.9%, while match averages of 3.2 successful headers and 5.2 clearances show that he is also capable of carrying out essential defensive duties with regularity.
Burnley are in the market for a centre-back in the current transfer window, given that they currently have just four senior players in that position – one of whom is Ben Gibson, who has essentially been exiled from the club and, according to Nixon, could be loaned out to Middlesbrough or Norwich.
Do you think Joe Worrall would be a good signing for Burnley?
Worrall’s match averages for headers, tackles and interceptions are noticeably lower than the figures posted by the Clarets’ two main centre-backs James Tarkowski (5.2 headers, 1.7 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game) and Ben Mee (4.1 headers, 1.3 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game).
However, the Nottingham Forest defender is far more economical with his use of the ball, his passing success rate substantially higher than those of Tarkowski and Mee, with 70.8% and 71.4% respectively. Indeed, Josh Brownhill (82.5%) was the only Burnley player to record a higher passing accuracy rate than Worrall during the 2019/20 season. [via WhoScored]
When looking at Worrall’s statistics in comparison to Mee and Tarkowski, there may be a temptation to think that he might not be a great fit for Burnley.
However, his vastly superior passing success rate indicates that he could offer the Clarets a different skill set defensively and a useful alternative to their conventional game-plan if Sean Dyche feels the need to mix things up.
Therefore, the Nottingham Forest man could offer Burnley a different dimension and they should put a concerted effort into their attempts to lure him from the City Ground.
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