Nottingham Forest have a fantastic youth academy and plenty of graduates have gone onto play first-team football at the City Ground.

The Reds do some great work at the Nigel Doughty Academy and Gary Brazil has worked wonders when it comes to producing players.

Forest are hopeful of reaching category one status for their academy and that will help the club compete with the best clubs in the country.

Supporters look forward to young talent making the step up to the first-team ranks and plenty have done great things in their careers.

Ahead of the current campaign drawing to a close, we looked at three academy starlets who should be under consideration by Chris Hughton for next season.

Ateef Konate

The 19-year-old has shone during his first season in English football at academy level.

He checked in from Le Havre during last summer and has been playing superbly well for the Under-23 ranks.

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As a central midfielder a door could swing open for Konate next season.

Ryan Yates and Cafu will be under contract but James Garner will head back to Manchester United and Samba Sow will almost certainly be released.

That will leave Hughton will a void to fill in central midfield and Konate is well worth a look.

Dale Taylor

The young Northern Irishman made waves in his homeland scoring for Linfield’s first-team at the age of 15.

He moved to Forest last summer and has already broken into the under-23 ranks this season.

The majority of his football has come for the under-18 side but he looks a bright prospect.

Will Swan could be allowed to move out on loan again next season and that could see Hughton run the rule over Taylor in pre-season.

Forest’s attacking ranks could benefit from some youthful exuberance and Taylor could be the man for the job.

George Shelvey

The young goalkeeper recently signed his first professional contract with the club and looks set for a bright future.

Shelvey has already been on the bench three times for the first-team and that will have whet his appetite for more.

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Jordan Smith will have one more season to run on his contract in the summer. At 26, however, it seems certain that he wouldn’t be dead against heading out to play some regular football.

If he does that could leave a void for someone to act as a deputy to Brice Samba.

Why not Shelvey?

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