It has been quite a season for Nottingham Forest so far but an even more remarkable campaign for Joe Worrall.
The defender faced an uncertain future in the summer as he returned to the club after a season-long loan spell with Rangers and had the task of impressing a new manager at the City Ground.
Things have worked out brilliantly for the 23-year-old, however. He has shown he is amongst the best defenders in the Championship with 1.3 interceptions and 5.1 clearances per game (per WhoScored), but he also has other qualities to his game.
Those clearances show how alert he is to danger and that has contributed to Forest’s return of 33 goals conceded in 35 league games, which has provided the foundation for their success this term.
The visit to Cardiff once again highlighted how important he is to Sabri Lamouchi, and the four-year contract extension he signed recently underlines just how highly he is thought of.
Supporters have been discussing his performances this campaign, including a look to the future and what that could bring for the centre-back.
Future England defender
— Lee Holmes (@LeeHolmes1983) February 25, 2020
I think the key thing is you’re really growing into your hairstyle now 😂 you and Figs were immense again tonight 🔴⚪️
— Dave Ball (@d_p_ball) February 25, 2020
Brilliant Joe. Massive performances last couple of games 🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Munich & Madrid (@munich_madrid) February 25, 2020
Prem bound mate ❤️
— Shipo (@DannyShipo) February 25, 2020
Congratulations again to the whole defence for another solid shutout!
— Phil Hardy (@Hardyarnoldred) February 25, 2020
Quality again tonight! Solid as.
— Lee Dixon (@dix_2490) February 25, 2020
Joe – the heartbeat of the side
— Phil Cooper (@cooperphil156) February 26, 2020
Forest fans let us know how good Worrall has been this year and where his career could take him! Use the comments below to express your opinion on the defender…
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