Nottingham Forest fan Grant Nelson gives Iron Bru an insight into what Scunthorpe fans can expect from latest addition Ryan Yates.
The Iron confirmed the loan of the 20-year-old midfielder this afternoon, who had previously been on loan at Notts County during the first half of this season. In his time at Notts, he registered six goals in 29 games, including one against United in the League Cup back in August.
Grant has kept a keen eye on Yates during his development with Forest, and here is what he had to say to Iron Bru about the player.
What type of player is he and what will he bring to the Scunthorpe side?
“He is a central midfielder who likes to get box-to-box. He isn’t a player who will change a game with special moments as such, but someone who will be reliable and consistent in midfield and bring drive at the same time. Ryan keeps things simple with his passing and absolutely loves tackling. His stamina to get through lots of work is something that will give him the edge and fans will love that.
“As a young player coming through the age groups, he always had an ability to score goals arriving in the box with good driven finishes. Now, since joining Notts County, it has been good to see him continue that, especially using his size aerially from set-pieces which he has added to his game. Yates is best positionally as an #8 but can also play as a #4. I wouldn’t want to shackle his enthusiasm too much – but he is versatile enough to perform both roles like he did for Shrewsbury on loan.”
How highly rated is Yates at Forest?
“At academy level, he was always a player playing above his age group. When u16 – he travelled with the 18s in pre-season (debuting for them when barely 15 as an u15) and he became an u23 regular in his 2nd year of u18 scholarship.
“With Forest having a number of young players, there always had to be some that could be involved immediately or with less loan experience and some that had to work through loan periods. But for Forest to get him out on loan whilst barely 18/19 and eventually in League One to Shrewsbury, it is an indication that Forest definitely has him in their bigger picture. The indications are that Forest want to give him this challenge so he is ready for pre-season with the first team in the summer.”
What type of character is he?
“He is combative, passionate and mature. A leader. He wants to win every battle. I think that is what sets him apart from many young footballers. His determined attitude. I think this is something our academy staff has attached to Ryan. Talent and ability will only get you so far – you have to have the right mindset and he does have that.”
Are you confident Yates will break into the Iron side during his loan?
“What has impressed me about his climb up the ladder, has been his ability to meet every challenge. I don’t think he would be going there if he didn’t think he would get into Scunthorpe’s team.”
Do you believe he is ready for League One?
“He played League One football last season in a struggling Shrewsbury side, starting nine games and three as a substitute. Currently, he has become the heartbeat of a successful League Two team and one of the most reliable, if not the most reliable players for them at just 20. I think he will enjoy the fact that Scunthorpe are having a good season and will have a confident team to play with.”
Yates will have the chance to make his debut for the Iron when they head to playoff rivals Portsmouth on Saturday.