Nottingham Forest will go into the new campaign looking to make a better attempt at reaching the play-offs than they did last season.

The Reds finished in ninth and boss Martin O’Neill knows that the top six will be a minimum requirement for 2019/20.

Having spent considerably last summer, Forest may opt for a quieter summer 12 months on. Around £20 million was plunged last season and it seems doubtful that such a sum will be spent again.


Quality over quantity should be the order of the day, whilst some of the club’s younger players might get the chance to impress.

Forest have an academy which held in high regard and O’Neill will be keen to use pre-season to look at some of those players.

Next season might become a breakthrough campaign for some of the club’s academy players and we took a look at four players who could be the next to emerge from the conveyor belt of talent:

Alex Mighten

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The 17-year-old is a promising winger with bags of potential.

Mighten can operate on either flank and despite his tender years was playing frequently for the club’s Under-23s last season.

In 2018 he was linked with a move to Manchester United (Nottingham Post) and a first-team now might not be too far away.

Danny Preston

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Preston has been knocking on the door for a few years now.

The left-back could be edging ever closer this year given that Forest aren’t blessed with lots of options in his position.

Jack Robinson is the first choice left-back but in his absence, Ben Osborn is the only real option to play there and he is better further forwards.

Brennan Johnson

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The 18-year-old was in stunning form for the Under-23s last season and O’Neill has previously spoken of his desire to work with him in pre-season (Nottingham Post).

Johnson smashed over 20 goals for the Under-23s during 2018/19 and he will hope to show he can cut it at senior level.

An attacking midfielder, the son of former Forest striker David Johnson will hope to prove that he can be a decent deputy to Joao Carvalho.

Jayden Richardson

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With Tendayi Darikwa away on international duty and Sam Byram and Saidy Janko now returned to their parent clubs, the Reds look light of options at right-back.

The door could, therefore, be opened for Richardson to stake his claim for a place in the team.

An 18-year-old the versatile defender is another member of the squad who has caught the eye of the coaching staff and 2019/20 could prove a breakthrough one for him.

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