Former Nottingham Forest star Ben Osborn has claimed that the Reds will be a tough nut to crack in the Championship during 2021/22.
The former utility man was discussing the new Championship campaign during an interview with the Independent.
Osborn left Forest in 2019 and has been at Bramall Lane since then. He has made 45 appearances for Sheffield United, scoring once in the Premier League.
Now, he’s back playing in a league that he knows extremely well. He served Forest with distinction, rising through the academy and making 230 appearances.
Osborn scored 16 goals and claimed 31 assists for Forest, featuring in a number of positions, including left-back for the club.
He has been discussing who he thinks will be the movers and the shakers this season and had some kind words for Forest.
The 26-year-old told the Independent: “There will always be a team that takes you by surprise.
“Chris Hughton’s Forest will always be a tough team to play against, the way they set up.”
Osborn spent roughly a year playing under Mark Warburton at Forest. The Blades star also mentioned his QPR team in the running for honours this season.
He continued: “I played under Mark Warburton at Forest and I was very impressed and really enjoyed my time under him.
“He wants to play almost total football and every time I see QPR I can see the kind of stuff that he’s doing. If he can get them playing his kind of football, they could be up there.”
Osborn words nice, but Forest need signings
Clearly, the versatile performer has a lot of respect for Forest and under Hughton, the Reds should be a tough nut to crack again.
It’s fair to say that some new players are required though. Hughton will have been left frustrated with a lack of activity this summer and will want some movement before the end of August.
Forest finished 17th last term. If they are to improve on last season they need a lot of luck and ultimately some new recruits in the next few weeks.
It will be strange to see Osborn come up against Forest wearing a different team’s shirt. He now has Premier League experience under his belt.
It would be a long shot for the Reds to enjoy a season competing in the higher echelons of the division. Under Hughton, however, Osborn doesn’t think the Reds can be discounted.