Aitor Karanka has hailed the performance of Ryan Yates as the midfielder scored his first Nottingham Forest goal in Wednesday’s clash with West Bromwich Albion, as reported by Sky Sports (12 February, 7.30pm).
The highly-rated midfielder has made three Championship appearances for Forest this season, all of those coming after Karanka left the City Ground in mid January with the Spaniard’s successor, Martin O’Neill, seemingly a big fan of the 21-year-old.
And Yates marked his second league start in Forest colours with a goal in midweek, scoring a volley in the exciting 2-2 draw with West Brom at The Hawthorns.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Karanka reserved time to pay tribute to Yates’ display.
“He’s brilliant and a very good kid. I am really pleased for him and he deserves a lot of credit. I think he is a very good example for the academy players,” the 45-year-old said.
Karanka’s comments will likely raise plenty of questions given that the former Middlesbrough boss seemed so unwilling to give Yates a chance in the first team during his 12 months in charge at the City Ground.
The youngster was outstanding during a loan spell at Scunthorpe United last season and is more than deserving of his run of games in the Championship. But if Karanka thinks Yates is 'brilliant', why didn't he give him a chance?