The 2021/22 season has so far been one to remember for young Nottingham Forest defender Baba Fernandes.

He has made two appearances in the first team against Bradford and Wolves in the Carabao Cup; whilst also becoming a regular for the under-23 ranks.

Now, Fernandes is alongside some supremely talented players after being nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month.

This season is Forest’s first as a category one academy. As a result, they face off against the country’s best at under-23 and under-18 level.

Nottingham Forest v Bradford City - Carabao Cup First Round
Fernandes in senior action for Forest; Photo; James Williamson; AMA; Getty Images)


Fernandes has taken to the more competitive action with aplomb. He has played in five games under Andy Reid during 2021/22 and is thriving.

He has joined Folarin Balogun of Arsenal, Leeds starlet Joe Gelhardt and Spurs talent Alfie Devine on the seven-man shortlist.

Sam Burns (Blackburn), Caleb Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (Crystal Palace) make up the nominees.

Fernandes was born in Guinea-Bissau but has Portuguese citizenship. He has previously been called up for the Portugal under-18 outfit.

He is out of contract in the summer and he will hope to land a professional contract between now and May.

Can Fernandes become a future Forest star?

Well, he certainly has a manager who places his trust in youth. Under Chris Hughton, his chances of regular first-team football might have remained nothing more than a pipedream.

Fernandes is doing his chances no harm and with this nomination, he’s recognised among some serious talents.

Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Carabao Cup Second Round
(Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old was impressive against League Two outfit Bradford City earlier this season. As a result, a loan spell could be on the horizon, should he be handed a professional deal between now and January.

Forest have a talented crop of academy players and Fernandes is among them. He is uncompromising in stature, good in the tackle and holds his position well.

Forest might unearth a gem in Fernandes.

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