Nottingham Forest Under-23s were in action last night and perhaps Andy Reid made a decision that provides a selection hint ahead of tonight.

The Reds take on Sheffield United tonight in the Championship. Forest will be hoping to get back to winning ways after two games without earning three points.

Steve Cooper will be forced into one change. Max Lowe won’t be eligible to play against his parent club and the Reds aren’t blessed with a plethora of wing-backs.

Gaetan Bong has been on the bench in each of Cooper’s games in charge. He looks like the obvious replacement, although a left-field option has seemingly emerged.

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Jayden Richardson wasn’t involved at Meadow Lane last night. The 21-year-old was withdrawn from the squad and it’s perhaps no coincidence that he can play at left wing-back.

Richardson has played in a similar position in Reid’s under-23s this season and he’d perhaps suit the role better than Bong.

The former Brighton man hasn’t covered himself in glory at Forest and perhaps isn’t quite as accustomed to playing as a wing-back as he is a full-back.

As a result, the door could swing open for Richardson. He already has four first-team appearances to his name, with two coming in the Championship.

He stepped off the bench against Middlesbrough and Huddersfield earlier this season. With that in mind, he’ll be desperate for a stronger taste of first-team action.

Now or never: Richardson must grasp next Forest chance

Richardson is out of contract in the summer and he’s clearly running out of time to impress the relevant people at the City Ground.

As a result, he has to make his next opportunity count and it could come tonight against Sheffield United.

The academy graduate spent the last two seasons out on loan. He enjoyed a fruitful time of things at Exeter, before heading to Forest Green Rovers last season.

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Richardson has shown enough qualities when he has played to suggest he could do a job.

Indeed, Reds supporters would certainly rather see an academy starlet on the bench each week than an ageing Bong.

If he does get the nod tonight, however, the ball really is in Richardson’s court.

This time he must seize the moment and prove that he deserves an extension to his current Forest deal.

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