Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall, a defender, has had an impressive beginning to the season, dispelling the doubts of many and securing a new contract in the process. The 26-year-old has started five Premier League matches, but he has been sidelined lately due to the emergence of the 21-year-old Murillo.
Nonetheless, Worrall’s performances this season have outperformed Arsenal’s William Saliba in several critical aspects. Despite Saliba’s reputation as one of the top young defenders in the league, Worrall is currently outperforming the 22-year-old in various statistical categories.
When comparing the two players on Squawka, Worrall averages more tackles, duels, and clearances per game than Saliba. While Saliba has more interceptions, Worrall excels in blocking shots and winning a higher percentage of aerial battles.
Worrall has been quietly excelling. He has been a dedicated player for Nottingham Forest, accumulating over 200 appearances for the club despite his relatively young age and consistently giving his best when called upon. This season, he has been a standout performer, resulting in a well-deserved long-term contract extension.
Although he has spent some time on the sidelines recently, there is no doubt that Worrall will continue to give his all when he next features in the starting XI for his childhood club.