Joe Worrall, who was often criticised during his loan spell at Rangers, is now receiving rave reviews for his performances in England.
Worrall spent the 2018/19 season at Ibrox, turning out 32 times in all competitions.
He produced several standout individual performances, impressing in an Old Firm victory and a draw with Villarreal.
However, he also made a number of high-profile errors which drew heavy criticism from supporters.
It’s fair to say that not too many Rangers fans were gutted when the former England youth international returned to parent club Nottingham Forest.
Since then, though, he’s shown real signs of improvement.
After a strong 2020/21 campaign, a number of Premier League clubs, including Southampton, were credited with interest [Hampshire Live].
And although no summer transfer materialised, the 24-year-old looks to be going from strength to strength in the Championship.
After recovering from an early-season injury, Worrall has been a key part of a recent Forest resurgence under new manager Steve Cooper.
They’ve won four of their last five league matches, downing Blackpool 2-1 at home on Saturday.
Worrall played the full 90 minutes and received plenty of praise on social media both during and after the game, not least for his role in the hosts’ opener.
The former Gers loanee was involved in a substantial period of possession before pinging a brilliant diagonal ball to the left flank which Max Lowe controlled before crossing for Brennan Johnson to finish.
He also played a big part in the second goal, with Lewis Grabban tucking home the rebound after Worrall’s initial effort was saved.
Here’s a selection of reactions to his performance:
Joe Worrall’s pass wow
— kyle booth (@kylebooth3186) October 17, 2021
What a ball by @JoeWorrall5! Brilliant stuff all-round ⚽ 🔥
— Simon W ⓥ (@Simoonandstars) October 17, 2021
During his time at Ibrox, it looked like there was a real player in there if he could just iron out a few flaws and crucially, cut out his tendency to make mistakes.
While others like Sheyi Ojo and Bongani Zungu haven’t quite been able to kick on after mixed Ibrox loan spells, Worrall looks on course to fulfill his potential.
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