Chris Hughton has confirmed that Will Swan will be in his Nottingham Forest squad that travels to face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium tomorrow night.
The Reds boss has been discussing the game with BBC Radio Nottingham; revealing that the academy striker will be with his travelling party.
Swan, 20, has been in scintillating form for the under-23 ranks this season, firing eight goals for the campaign already.
He was a noticeable absentee from the side which faced Coventry City under-23s this afternoon – a game which Forest won 2-1.
Forest have a proud history when it comes to academy players making the step up to first-team level, with Gary Brazil doing some admirable work.
The Reds are short in attack at the moment with Lewis Grabban on the treatment table.
With that in mind, Hughton has told BBC Radio Nottingham that he’s been impressed with Swan.
He claimed: “It’s an area we don’t have the numbers in at the moment.
“He’s impressed me when I’ve seen him. He has that pace that can get him away from defenders. It’s a reward for him.”
The Verdict – Swan inclusion could prove to be a masterstroke
Swan being included in the squad is another tip of the cap towards the club’s academy ranks.
Hughton won’t be able to enter the transfer market and add anyone to his squad until January so utilising the academy is an ideal option.
For Swan to make the bench would be a big positive for the Reds who really have nothing to lose going to face Bournemouth.
The striker has shown his capabilities at under-23 level and the natural stage in his development is to start featuring with the first-team.
Allowing Swan the chance to cut his teeth between now and the January transfer window could prove a masterstroke by Hughton.
Lyle Taylor remains the first choice but with a tough run of games, he should get plenty of chances to feature in cameo roles in the coming weeks.
Another exciting talent could be set to emerge from the academy and into first-team stardom.