Nottingham Forest have appointed a new head coach and that could be about to spell good news for Alex Mighten.

The 19-year-old winger is tipped for big things but it’s fair to say he remains a bit of an enigma at the City Ground.

As a young player, that isn’t really a problem. Plenty of players take some time to find their way and indeed, find a role that best suits their strengths.

Chris Hughton absolutely wasn’t the best manager for Mighten’s development. He preferred experience and that didn’t always benefit him.

Now, Mighten looks set to be propelled into the first-team fold on a more frequent basis.

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The youngster must have been like a child on Christmas morning when it was announced that Cooper was taking over.

Mighten’s career is still in its infancy but it’s fair to say the new Forest boss is the one man who has got a tune out of him.


During Cooper’s time in charge of the England Under-17s, Mighten was a regular pick. He was largely deployed on the right flanks, although he did play on the left too.

In 10 outings under the Forest head coach, Mighten found the net on four occasions. His goals all came in good wins against Portugal, Belgium, Brazil and Ireland.

Cooper often took the Forest youngster off in games, but it’s fair to say that he managed him exceptionally well.

Match made in heaven: Mighten can kick-start his Forest career under Cooper?

Make no bones about it, Mighten hasn’t been bad since coming into the team. The consensus among some supporters, however, is that he perhaps needs to start doing a little bit more.

In 46 outings for the Reds, he has found the net three times and registered a single assist. For someone so talented, those goal contributions perhaps need to increase.

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There is time on his side though. With some faith from a manager and one who will let him have a run of games in the team, he could thrive.

Cooper could be just the coach that Mighten needs at this stage of his career and that can only bode well for Forest.

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