Joe Worrall’s recent comments via The Scottish Sun suggested that he has no intention of staying at Rangers beyond his one-year loan from Nottingham Forest, and it is probably unlikely to go down well with Gers fans.
The centre-back has impressed under Steven Gerrard in his ten appearances so far this season in all competitions alongside Connor Goldson.
Despite his obvious pedigree and good form so far this season, is there any point in developing another club’s player whilst your own £2m signing sits and watches on from the bench? Even more to the point, especially when that £2m signing is just one year older and full of potential.
That man in question is Nikola Katic. Signed from Slaven Belupo in the summer after being keen to play under Gerrard, the Croatian international defender began his Ibrox career in the side and put in some impressive performances, only for an injury to halt his form.
In came Worrall, who has started the last four games for the club whereas Katic has been an unused substitute in all four. Even if the on-loan starlet is doing enough to earn his place, in the long term, surely there is no point developing a player who has no intention of staying.
Additionally, in terms of the money involved, £2m is a fair chunk of Gerrard’s budget with the Scottish giants.
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Furthermore, it’s not as if Katic would harm the club’s form; he is just as good as Worrall, if not better. Of course, understandably, with three competitions to compete in, Gerrard will need as much squad depth as possible.
However, when it comes down to who should be starting in vital league and cup fixtures, the former Liverpool skipper should really trust his summer signing to deliver the goods and fulfil the potential which he so clearly has in abundance.
Perhaps Nottingham Forest have negotiated some sort of agreement in which their young star should play a certain amount of games whilst out on loan and, if that is true, then there is not much Gerrard nor Katic can do without risking a fine for the club.
Having said that, if there are no financial repercussions for playing the Croatian defender over the England Under-21 international, then Gerrard should really look to the future and do what’s best for his player’s development.