Arvin Appiah has committed to a new long-term contract at Nottingham Forest.

Good times.

The Reds announced the deal on the club’s official website, with fresh terms taking the youngster through to 2023.

At 18 years of age, big things are expected of the academy graduate.

Few players to have stepped out of a famed youth system over recent years have generated quite such a buzz.

Oliver Burke was one, and there is a warning to heed there.

The Scot also put pen to paper with Forest in the summer of 2015, with a three-year agreement signed.

Twelve months and 28 appearances later, he was off to RB Leipzig.

The picture at the City Ground has shifted dramatically since then though.


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No longer is there an owner at the helm more concerned with lining his pockets than putting points on the board.

Evangelos Marinakis has, however, taken things to the other end of the transfer spectrum.

If funds are required for fresh faces, then they will be made available.

That is a positive, no argument there.

But could a willingness to splash the cash work against Appiah?

He is a raw, relatively untested rough diamond at the moment.

There is clearly potential there, but he needs game time in order for it to be polished and unlocked.

Aitor Karanka handed him one Carabao Cup outing off the bench against Burton Albion and one minute of Championship football.

Martin O’Neill did not have him in the matchday squad for his opening game at the helm.

And since then there has been the standard surge in transfer speculation as deadline day approaches.

Among those to have filled gossip columns are Stoke star James McClean, Celtic winger Lewis Morgan and Leicester midfielder Andy King.

Creative playmakers with an attacking mindset.

Like Appiah.


Forest can point to the fact that they are clinging to play-off dreams and have little margin for error.

Experience wins out over exuberance.

They have, however, just shown four-and-a-half years worth of faith in Appiah.

Why put that agreement in place, pick up the pen and immediately hand it to McClean or Morgan?

What message does that send out?

If the Reds truly believe in their talented teenager, they should be clearing the path not blocking it.

“Hopefully we can get promoted to the Premier League this season and I can play as many games as I can for this great club and score some goals too.”

Appiah is chomping at the bit.

He is talking the talk, now let him walk the walk.

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