Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for Barnsley midfielder Callum Styles ahead of the upcoming summer window.
What’s the news?
According to a recent report from The Yorkshire Post, Forest, alongside a range of other Premier League clubs as well as Hungarian side Ferencvaros are interested in signing the player this summer after he recently appeared for Hungary against England.
It’s reported that the recently promoted side had their eye on him in the past and they are now expected to revive their interest in the player.
Massive talent on his way to the City Ground?
In those appearances, Styles has scored nine goals and delivered six assists along the way.
This season saw the player rack up more minutes in the Championship than any other outfield Barnsley player, highlighting just how important he is for them.
In those 43 league appearances, the Barnsley star racked up the third-highest number of shots at goal (52) and the second-highest number of crosses delivered (80) out of all of his current teammates.
Labelled a “massive talent” by Cauley Woodrow, the £3.15m-rated ace also had one of his goals last August described as a “rocket” by journalist Sanny Rudravajhala, suggesting that he’s got a powerful shot in him.
Meanwhile, from a defensive point of view, no other player at the club managed to equal the number of successful tackles (51) that Styles made for his side, proving how much of an all-around midfielder he is.
Should Forest sign Callum Styles this summer?
The fact that he played in almost every midfield and attacking position possible this season also suggests that his versatility could make him a very useful addition to Steve Cooper’s squad as they prepare to immerse themselves in the Premier League. With that in mind, he appears to be a complete player, one that really does live up to Woodrow’s billing.
Taking into account how the Yorkshire club failed to avoid getting relegated from the Championship this term and the fact that their star midfielder will be entering the final year of his contract in the coming weeks, this could give Forest an advantage when it comes to getting Barnsley to sell.
In addition to this, the prospect of being able to play in the Premier League would undoubtedly be an exciting prospect for the player.
Securing a deal for Styles should definitely be on Cooper’s to-do list this summer and hope that the midfielder has what it takes to make the big step up to England’s first division.