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Aston Villa Could Move In For This Championship Defender: Good Choice For Gerrard?

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In a recent report, Nottingham Forest News claimed that Aston Villa could move in for Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall. It is understood that the Villans boss Steven Gerrard is a big admirer of the English centre-back’s talents and could launch a move for him next year.

Worrall’s Impressive Run Of Form In English Football This Season

Worrall is having a solid campaign with the West Bridgford outfit after putting in a handful of dominant displays at the heart of their defence. The 24-year-old has made 13 appearances for his current employers this season, picking up two yellow cards in the process on all fronts.

The Nottingham-born sensation has enjoyed a rich vein of form on the defensive end of the field as he is averaging 1.5 tackles, 2.4 interceptions and 4.1 clearances per game in the EFL Championship. He has even distributed the ball relatively well based on his pass completion rate of 76% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Joe Worrall of Nottingham Forest breaks with the ball away from Robert Glatzel of Cardiff City who is challenged by Gaetan Bong of Nottingham Forest during the FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City at City Ground on January 09, 2021 in Nottingham, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Is Worrall A Good Choice For Aston Villa Manager Steven Gerrard?

Worrall has transformed himself into a tough-tackling centre-half who can sense the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his team. He is a towering presence at the back and can use his robust 1.90m frame to win his fair share of aerial duels.

The English defensive ace also doesn’t shy away from clearing his lines when needed. He is even a tidy passer which makes him a good fit for Steven Gerrard’s style of play at Villa Park. Hence, the new Aston Villa head coach would be wise to launch a move to secure the signature of the talented centre-back in January or next summer.

At 24, Worrall is only going to get better with each season. Plus, he is good enough to increase competition for places within Gerrard‘s match-day squad. With all things considered, the Nottingham Forest star will be a decent choice for the West Midlands outfit to consider in 2022.

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