There is every chance that Alex Mighten will be the next academy graduate to drop off the production line at Nottingham Forest.

And if the intention is to introduce him this season, then the sooner the better.

The Reds are in the process of constructing the perfect stage for another talented teenager.

At 17 years of age, Mighten still has much to learn.

He is not going to challenge for a regular role any time soon.

Competitive minutes, though, will do his development no harm whatsoever.

And the ideal world scenario would be to drop him into a winning team.

One where confidence is high and he is free to enjoy the experience.

A situation similar to that being enjoyed at present.

Forest are currently eight games unbeaten across all competitions and offering plenty of signs of encouragement under Sabri Lamouchi.


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Brennan Johnson has already been handed his first team bow this season.

He was introduced off the bench against West Brom on the opening day, before starting a Carabao Cup derby date with those from down the road.

Johnson is 18 and a step ahead of Mighten when it comes to senior pathways.

Lamouchi has, however, hinted that an England U18 international is in his thoughts.

He has said in the Nottingham Post when discussing Johnson and other highly-regarded youngsters on Trentside: “We have to take time with him.

“It is not only him, we have different players – Mighten, from the academy, is of the same quality.

“They need to stay with us and work with the first-team, and maybe we will give them some time on the pitch.”

Mighten will be hoping that his time is fast approaching.


Forest have a rather hectic schedule to take them through to the next international break, with five games on the calendar across three weeks.

Two of those – against Barnsley and Brentford – will be staged at the City Ground.

A meeting with the Tykes on Saturday may come a bit too soon for Mighten but, if current momentum is maintained, then his big break may soon arrive.

Potentially on home soil, with it always favourable to make such bows in front of a loyal fan base.

Johnson may also get more minutes, with Lamouchi confident that he will soon put pen to paper on a new contract.

The Frenchman added in the Post: “Brennan is doing a lot of good things and the club normally want to keep players like that.

“He needs to stay with us and to work with us, because he will improve working with the experienced players. He will learn a lot.

“I think he will sign soon, I hope – I hope that for him and I hope so for the club, of course.”

So, Johnson ready to sign on for the foreseeable future and Mighten knocking on the door.

Gary Brazil and his coaching staff within the academy ranks continue to go a quite remarkable job, with Forest seemingly set to benefit from their fine work for many years to come.

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