Leaving Nottingham Forest for Sheffield United over the summer was a “no brainer” for Ben Osborn, Michael Brown has told Seat Pitch.

A product of the Reds’ academy system jumped at the chance to step up into the Premier League when the Blades came calling.

Some memorable moments had been enjoyed during his time on Trentside, with his winner away at Derby in 2015 set to live long in the memory.

He did not always enjoy universal support from the Forest faithful, with his versatility considered to have worked against him at times.

Chris Wilder was happy to add those qualities to his ranks at Bramall Lane, with Osborn opting to take on a new challenge after a little over five seasons as part of the senior set-up at the City Ground.

Former Sheffield United midfielder Brown is not surprised to have seen that decision made, telling Seat Pitch: “It’s a no-brainer. You’ve got to take that opportunity.”


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Osborn has found minutes hard to come by in new surroundings, with just 13 seen in the Premier League so far this season.

It has been suggested that a loan move could be made in January, allowing him to get more game time under his belt, but Brown believes patience needs to be shown.

He added: “You always move to another club and circumstances change.

“You want to play football. Players want to play football. If you don’t, then something is wrong.

“But you’ve got to be ambitious. It takes time sometimes to settle into a new club and you have to wait your turn. Sheffield United will change and give players those opportunities.”



Osborn is a useful asset to any squad, as a player who can operate in a number of different positions and one who will not rock the boat as a model professional.

Brown admits that is what Wilder will have been looking for when casting admiring glances in the direction of the City Ground.

The ex-Blades star said: “That’s what he wants. I’ve been down there to training and watched them as a group and it’s a great place to go and work. It’s a great place to be right now.”

Sheffield United achieved last season what Forest are aiming to do in the present – secure a return to the Premier League.

Osborn was unable to help the Reds over that line during his time at the club, but Sabri Lamouchi has offered hope to a loyal fan base heading into a midweek clash with Hull City.

Michael Brown was a pundit on EFL on Quest live from The University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, the home of Bolton Wanderers. Watch all the highlights every Saturday at 9pm. Also available via desktop and app on QuestOD.

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