Two Premier League clubs tracking latest Nottingham Forest wonderkid

As reported by the Mirror, Nottingham Forest could be facing a battle to keep their latest young star, with Everton and Stoke keeping their eyes on young defender, Joe Worrall.

What’s the word?

Worrall has only broken through to the Nottingham Forest first-team this season and despite making just four starts, he is already attracting interest from big clubs.

With his contract situation still up in the air, the Mirror reckon that Forest could be forced to cash in on the defender should the Premier League clubs come calling.

The Tricky Trees have already lost the likes of Oliver Burke to Red Bull Leipzig and Jamaal Lascelles to Newcastle in recent seasons.

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Is he any good?

Worrall has actually played against Everton before, featuring in an FA Cup clash last season on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge. Despite their lowly status and having only 25% possession in the match, Dagenham & Redbridge put in a dogged defensive display to keep the score down to 2-0 at Goodison Park with Worrall playing a major role.

He’s certainly impressing his manager, too, with Philippe Montanier recently gushing about his abilities.

Quoted by the Nottingham Post, Montanier said: “As a central defender, he’s big and strong. We saw against Ipswich how important that was, and against Reading too, because in the Championship you need powerful players – you need technique as well, of course.”

A move to a Premier League club and the chance to work with elite players would certainly allow him to improve said technique, and already having the physical attributes to be an effective central defender it’s no wonder he’s attracting interest from the top division.