Nottingham Forest boast an exceptional youth academy with director Gary Brazil working wonders each year to provide the football club with some tremendous young talents.

Several players have graduated from the academy over the years and gone onto bigger and better things. Michael Dawson, Andy Reid, Jamaal Lascelles, Jermaine Jenas and Wes Morgan are all examples of young Forest prospects who went onto play in the Premier League.

Some players do slip through the net though. Kion Etete was mooted with a move to Forest from Notts County in January but a move never went through and the striker stayed at Meadow Lane (Nottinghamshire Live).

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A trial at Tottenham paid dividends, however, and he departed Nottingham to pen a permanent deal at the Premier League giants during the summer, costing Spurs £200,000 (The Sun).

Things couldn’t have started much better for Etete and after seven games with the under-18 outfit, he has already won promotion to the under-23 ranks where he started for the first time on Friday against Wolves.

At 17 the Derby-born youngster looks set for a bright future in the game. A centre forward by trade he netted three goals in his first seven games for the under-18s, captaining the side in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal.


He is clearly thought highly of at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and it already looks like it could prove to be one that got away from a Forest perspective.

When Virgil Gomis signed on loan for Notts County in January, it was thought that Forest had asked about Etete then. For whatever reason, a deal couldn’t be done and the Reds allowed their youngster to join Notts without a player in return.


The under-23 outfit at Forest are currently flying high in the Professional Development League and the prolific hitman might have proved a decent acquisition for the Reds.

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What is perhaps interesting is the current striker situation at Forest. The Reds have just Lewis Grabban and Rafa Mir competing for the place in Sabri Lamouchi’s team. Had the Reds chosen to sign Etete, some decent form for the under-23s could have seen him fast-tracked to the first-team fold.

The youngster isn’t the finished article just yet but Forest will certainly watch his development with intrigue after missing out in January 2019.

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