Nottingham Forest youngster Arvin Appiah is reportedly attracting interest from the Premier League and the Bundesliga.
The 18-year-old has only made two first-team appearances for the Reds so far this season. Both of these have come as a substitute against Burton in the Carabao Cup and in the recent win over Leeds United.
According to a report from the Independent, Appiah is generating ‘serious interest’ from the Bundesliga. Clubs in Germany are looking to build on the success that English-produced young players such as Jadon Sancho have proven to be.
In short, the Reds must prevent this type of move from happening. It’s not the time to be allowing one of the club’s brightest young prospects to move on.
Appiah would also be wise to stay and work hard to break into Martin O’Neill’s side. Many players have made this sort of move in the past and gone backwards in their career.
For every Sancho success story, there is an Oliver Burke nightmare.
Appiah could have big decision to make
However this situation develops in the next few weeks and months, it feels as though it is coming to a head. It feels as though Appiah is going to have to decide whether to stick or twist.
Before Aitor Karanka’s departure, there were reports that he was on the verge of signing a new long-term deal at the club. However, it is unknown whether this situation has changed following the appointment of O’Neill.
Appiah’s lack of opportunities were reportedly a key reason behind Karanka’s departure, according to the Telegraph. Therefore, it would be a surprise if Evangelos Marinakis hadn’t spoken to O’Neill about Appiah before appointing him as the club’s new manager.
You only have to rewind two years or so to see how these type of deals can go badly wrong. Oliver Burke swapped the Championship for the Bundesliga as he joined RB Leipzig for £13 million.
He made 25 appearances for the German outfit, scoring just once. This was followed by a move to West Brom, where he has found opportunities even more limited. He has recently secured a loan move to Celtic in the hope of getting his career back on track in Scotland.
Despite a difficult few years, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes he can still be a top player. Speaking in a recent press conference, he said: “He can be an exceptional player, not just for Celtic or West Brom but for his country too.
“I love working with that kind of player to see if I can extract that bit more. I can see that with him.
“With that pace and power, hopefully we can give him another view of the game.”
Burke has arguably not improved since he left the City Ground back in August 2016.
Neither Forest nor Appiah will want that situation to occur again. But if he isn’t given more opportunities, Appiah may start to believe that he would be better off continuing his development elsewhere.