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It’s a case of stick or twist for Nottingham Forest, except it could be a rather large twist.
Joe Worrall has been the centre of a lot of attention this week. First, there were the reports that Newcastle United were interested in making a push for him in the January transfer window.
Then, perhaps in response to these rumours, we may never know, the 22-year-old defender posted a tweet about how much he loves wearing the Garibaldi shirt.
— Joe Worrall (@JoeWorrall5) October 6, 2019
Whilst further reports have tried to nip the idea of him moving to St James’ Park in the bud by suggesting how Newcastle would have to break the bank to do so, it is at least worth considering what sort of situation Forest would find themselves in if push came to shove and they ended up accepting the bid.
It depends on which way they end up going. Would they try to replace him from within? Or would they take the money and reinvest?
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They have got several defenders already on the books, so it’s not as if they would be short of options if they went down that road.
The only problem is that Worrall and Michael Dawson have put together such an impressive partnership, with one of the better defensive records in the division in terms of goals conceded, that there haven’t been many opportunities for other players to impress in front of Sabri Lamouchi.
Therefore, trying to replicate that sort of form through the likes of Chema or Tobias Figueiredo could prove to be a big risk. They lack experience in the English game and could suddenly find themselves in at the deep end. Certainly in that sense Forest would be playing with fire.
If Forest want to invest in a replacement, then a lot will depend on how much they get for him. Whilst his value on Transfermarkt is £5.40m, it’s reportedly unlikely to be done on the cheap if they are convinced into letting him go.
If they can get a fee of £10m and above, which certainly isn’t unreasonable given Adam Webster left the Championship for £20m in the summer, they should be able to get a replacement for him, but again it comes back to the breakup of the Worrall and Dawson partnership.
Should Lamouchi take such a big risk in letting the partnership fall apart? Whilst Dawson is in the final year of his contract, it’s best to get every last drop out of them that they can and readdress the situation on their terms, rather than have it dictated to them by the likes of Newcastle.