Why Burnley should go all out for Nottingham Forest star Joe Worrall
According to Nottinghamshire Live, Burnley could be ready to pursue Joe Worrall of Nottingham Forest this month. The Clarets have been long time admirers of the central defender and their efforts to sign him on earlier occasions were thwarted.
Born in Nottingham, England, Worrall started out at Hucknall Sports before he was picked up by the Nottingham Forest academy. The defender enjoyed a rapid rise through the youth ranks at the club and made his senior debut in 2016, after a short loan spell at Dagenham & Redbridge FC.
Having been in and around the first-team picture for the next couple of years, Worrall spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Scottish giants Rangers, where he scored once in 32 matches.
Since returning, the 23-year-old has become a permanent member of the Nottingham Forest backline, featuring 115 times so far. However, a fractured foot has meant that the Englishman has made just 11 appearances in the ongoing season. (h/t Transfermarkt)
Worrall can be a long-term investment for Burnley
Burnley, meanwhile, have endured a difficult start to the new season after a disappointing summer transfer window that saw Sean Dyche made no notable signings.
Usually solid at the back, the Clarets have already shipped in 20 goals this season. While that is not bad by any stretch, it’s just that they are still very close to the relegation places.
As things stand, Burnley have just three senior centre-backs in the form of James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Kevin Long, who will be out of contract at the end of the season.
Furthermore, Tarkowski has been linked with an exit since summer and his future remains uncertain given that he has refused to sign an extension on his contract that runs until 2022. (h/t Nottinghamshire Live)
While Dyche can call upon youngsters Jimmy Dunne and Bobby Thomas, they lack the experience to help the team navigate through tricky waters in the Premier League and guide Burnley to safety. Thus, investing in a new centre-back who can improve the side immediately while also replacing contract rebel Tarkowski in the long run would be a good move.
Worrall, to that end, would be a viable option for Burnley to consider. The 23-year-old has been impressive at Nottingham Forest and Rangers prior to that and has garnered plenty of first-team experience. He would add some much-needed depth at the heart of the Clarets’ backline.
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Burnley don’t have enough quality depth in central defence. In addition, with Long’s contract expiring and Tarkowski’s future uncertain, it is imperative for Dyche to bring in a new defender. Signing Worrall would address that issue for the Clarets.