Nottingham Forest under-23 coach Chris Cohen has been speaking to the Nottingham Post about what qualities it takes to make the leap into the senior team.

The 32-year-old retired at the end of last season following a series of knee injuries which blighted his career.

Cohen played 315 times for Forest and was handed the chance to begin his coaching career working with the youngsters at the City Ground.

Chris Cohen in action during the second half of the EFL fixture between Nottingham Forest and Millwall at The City Ground, Nottingham – 4th August 2017.

The Reds academy is renowned for producing quality players.

Over the years several youngsters have made the grade with the first-team and the conveyor belt is showing no sign of slowing down.

Cohen believes that having the character and drive to succeed is the single most important quality for the young lads.


He told the Nottingham Post: “It is a key trait, when you look at the players we have got through into the first-team.

“Players like Ben Osborn, Ryan Yates and Matty Cash. It is is not their only strength, but they all have that same attitude. That is often their best attribute.

“I think making boys realise that having a good attitude is a great trait to have.”

The Seat Pitch verdict

Cohen makes a good point regarding younger players and what it takes to be a first-team player.

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The likes of Osborn, Yates and Cash are all work-rate personified and that is clearly a strong attribute to have.

All three of the aforementioned can play a bit too but being able to maintain the right attitude is also key.

Cohen can appreciate what Forest fans want to see in their players and he is well-equipped to pass on his experience to the under-23 boys.


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