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Kenny Burns gushes over Joe Worrall’s influence at Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns has hailed Joe Worrall after the club’s promising start to the 2019/20 campaign.

What’s he said?

The Reds sit tenth in the Championship following a run of six consecutive matches without defeat, putting their opening day defeat to Midlands rivals West Brom firmly behind them.

It was rather a statement of intent at the weekend as Sabri Lamouchi’s men defeated Swansea City – the league leaders heading into the weekend – in their own back yard thanks to substitute Alfa Semedo’s 85th-minute tap-in.

The home side never really looked like scoring, registering just one shot on target in the entire game.

That fact has led to Forest hero Burns praising their defence, with Worrall at the heart of his glowing analysis, per Nottingham Post.

“When Worrall was with Rangers last season he had a mistake in him. He made errors, but he learned from them by the looks of it.

“You got the impression he wanted to be at Forest last season, not Rangers, but he should have taken so much from the experience.

“Worrall is a lot like [Michael] Dawson in terms of attitude. He’s a future Nottingham Forest captain.

“He’s still learning, but that partnership has been key in the first seven games.”

Turned things around

The 22-year-old broke into Forest’s first-team setup at a relatively young age and has made 65 appearances for the club since.

His performances saw him subject to a £10m bid from Premier League outfit Burnley back in January 2018.

However, under Aitor Karanka he found himself well down the pecking order as fifth choice centre-back, which saw him make a temporary switch to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers last summer.

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He duly impressed and is now a regular alongside Michael Dawson, having both played every minute of every league game.

And the 6 foot 4 defender has proven his worth to Forest after gaining Lamouchi’s trust at the start of the season.

Worrall has been an influential figure this season – winning more aerial duels than anyone else at 3.4 per game. The same goes for blocks too with 0.9 per match.

The former England U21 international is also averaging 4.1 clearances and 1.4 interceptions per game – showing just how vital he will be to Forest’s long-term ambitions.

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