'Incredible'; Scunthorpe fans think Nottingham Forest have a star in Ryan Yates

Aitor Karanka, Manager of Middlesbrough looks on prior to the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Ryan Yates has shone since leaving Championship giants Nottingham Forest for a loan spell at League One Scunthorpe United in January.

Ryan Yates of Scunthorpe United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Scunthorpe United and Northampton Town at Glanford Park on February 17, 2018 in Scunthorpe, England.

Scunthorpe United fans would like nothing more than to sign Ryan Yates on a permanent deal from Nottingham Forest in the summer.

Alongside fellow loanee Ivan Toney, Yates has made a huge impact at Glanford Park since arriving in January and scored his second goal for the club in the 1-0 win against Walsall on Saturday with a diving header that typified the 20-year-old’s bravery and commitment to the cause.

The combative midfielder has matured immensely during just three months as a Scunthorpe player and has earned plenty of praise from coaches and fans alike.

Brendan Moloney of Northampton Town plays the ball past Ryan Yates of Shrewsbury Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Shrewsbry Town at Sixfields on April...

So surely Yates has, or at least deserves, a future at Nottingham Forest.

The Lincoln-born youngster is yet to make his debut for the Championship side having spent the last two seasons out on loan at Barrow, Shrewsbury, Notts County and now Scunthorpe.

But Yates could hardly be doing more to send a message to Forest boss Aitor Karanka. There could be a space opening up in the side for the youngster next season with Jack Colback only on loan from Newcastle United and David Vaughan’s contract set to expire (below).

David Vaughan of Nottingham Forest and Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on August 19, 2017 in...

And if the reaction of Scunthorpe fans to Yates’ display against Walsall is anything to go by, he should be banging on the door for the place in the first-team at the City Ground.

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