Nottingham Forest Under-18s were beaten yesterday by Blackburn Rovers. The Reds went down 3-1, conceding twice in the last four minutes of the contest. In Detlef Esapa Osong a star could be being born under Warren Joyce.

The youngster was a star of the under-18 ranks last year. He scored goals for fun and finished the season with a hat-trick during a 5-2 win over Millwall.

Yesterday’s clash with Rovers was a rearranged affair. The first game a fortnight ago was abandoned following an injury to a player.

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Forest are embarking on new challenges this year. With the club having obtained Category One status for the academy, they are now playing in Premier League 2 competitions.


Joyce replaced Gareth Holmes in the summer and his team couldn’t have got off to a better start to the season. They faced a strong Leeds team and came through 1-0 winners, with Osong the scorer.

The teenager was at it again yesterday. His goal on the stroke of half-time cancelled out Harry Leonard’s strike after 18 minutes.

The game turned on a decision in the 85th minute though. Jack Thompson saw red for a challenge that showcased excessive force and the Reds were down to 10 men.

Two minutes later, Leonard added his second and in the 90th minute, he ensured he went home with a match ball under his arm.

Who is Forest striker Detlet Esapa Osong?

The teenager is a fantastic prospect. Forest’s youngsters will need to step up this season against a better standard of opposition and it’ll be a good learning curve for the players.

Osong is a player who could go a long way. Joyce has a proud history of developing younger players, with the work he did at Manchester United particularly special.

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The Forest teen is showing all the signs of developing into a sound player. He is strong, holds the ball up well and is lethal in the penalty area when it comes to sticking chances away.

With the under-23s also in Premier League 2 this season, he will hope to continue progressing and earning opportunities to prove himself.

The future looks bright for Osong in the red of Forest.

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