Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has done plenty of good things since arriving at the City Ground in the summer of 2019.

One of those is the number of youngsters that he has given first-team minutes too and the future looks very bright for the academy.

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Several academy graduates feature in the matchday squad on a regular basis, with Matty Cash and Joe Worrall featuring heavily during 2019/20.

There is no sign of the conveyor belt of talent ending any time soon and Forest fans will eagerly anticipate the next prodigy to emerge.

Given the long list of players who have made an impact on the first-team over the years, we had a go at predicting the next five who might make the grade in Lamohchi’s first-team.

Marcus McGuane

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The central midfielder recently received international clearance to make the move to the City Ground from Barcelona.

He spent the first half of the campaign on loan in Holland with SC Telstar and arrives in Nottingham with a big reputation.

McGuane has two Arsenal appearances to his name under Arsene Wenger and the 21-year-old looks like a solid acquisition.

Julian Larsson

Another player who was signed for Forest in January is Sweden under-19 international Julian Larsson.

A centre forward by trade it is fancied that the teenager will bring goals to the under-23 ranks with a view to making the first-team grade.

It could be good news for the 18-year-old that Forest aren’t exactly blessed with loads of first-team striking options.

If he impresses with the under-23s the pathway could be clear for him to make the leap into Lamouchi’s plans.

Liam Sole

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The central midfielder was on the bench for Forest as they lost 2-0 to Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup in January.

He signed earlier in the season having been released by MK Dons and has made quite an impact in Chris Cohen’s under-23 team.

At 20 he is probably further down the path than a lot of his rivals for a first-team place.

Rezart Rama

The Albanian youth international is a right-back who is highly-rated by the club and who has been a frequent member of the under-23 team this season.

Born in Greece, the youngster has come through the international ranks with Albania and is now a regular for the under-19s.

Formerly of the Olympiacos youth ranks, Raza could be challenging Matty Cash and Carl Jenkinson for a place in no time.

Will Swan

The 19-year-old spent a month on loan at Truro City earlier during the 2019/20 campaign and did reasonably well.

He netted twice on his debut during a 4-0 win over Met Police back in January and also claimed the Man of the Match accolade.

Mindful of Forest’s lack of striking options at first-team level, it would be no surprise to see Swan make the step up soon.

 
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