Nottingham Forest are a club with an esteemed youth academy and over the years the Reds have produced several quality players.

Each season talk among those of a Forest persuasion inevitably turns towards which starlet will emerge into the first team from the youth ranks.

The Reds have been unable to hold on to a lot of their own talent in recent years; although the conveyor belt shows no sign of slowing down.

The latest man to show his worth is striker Arvin Appiah. The 17-year-old recently scored on his debut for the first-team in the 3-2 EFL Cup defeat to Burton Albion.

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During the latest international break, Appiah has been in fine fettle for the England u18s, catching the eye of a former Forest loan star in the process.

During a radio phone-in for Radio Five Live, legendary centre-forward Ian Wright was full of praise for the Forest man.

Wright scored five goals in ten games during a loan spell at the City Ground in 1999 and he clearly rates Appiah extremely highly.

On BBC show, The Monday Night Club (19th November, 6 pm), he said: “Southgate has got to be aware of him (Appiah) and I’m sure he will be. Gareth will be all over everybody now especially at that age group.”

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The Forest youngster obviously has some way to go; his next task is to try and force his way into Aitor Karanka’s plans on a more frequent basis.

After making the step up to the England u18 squad he has netted three times in seven appearances; with the youngster showing a tremendous eye for goal in the process.

Breaking into the Forest first team on a more frequent basis will surely be the next step for Appiah and it definitely seems as though Forest have yet another gem on their hands in the talented striker

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