Alex Mighten is a member of the Nottingham Forest academy who is set for an extremely bright future.

The youngster is at something of a crossroads though and perhaps Steve Cooper will have a big decision to make in January.

Mighten came on a substitute for 11 minutes in last night’s 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.

That kept up a pretty familiar trend, given that he’s been introduced from the bench in each of Forest’s last nine matches.

During those outings, he’s managed just 156 minutes on the pitch and that’s hardly ideal for his development.


Forest Mighten
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You have to go all the way back to August for the last time Mighten was named in a starting eleven.

On that occasion, Chris Hughton played him in a 1-0 defeat at Stoke and he managed the full 90 minutes.

During 2021/22 he has managed just one assist from 17 appearances, highlighting that perhaps being used from the bench isn’t ideal for his development.

Perhaps a glance across the dressing room at Brennan Johnson could provide some inspiration for Mighten.

Last season, the 20-year-old was sent to Lincoln on loan. He scored 13 times and registered 14 assists, helping the Imps to the play-off final.

Michael Appleton trusted the Forest man to play an integral part in a League One team and play regular football.

Mighten is desperate for that sort of opportunity right now and he’d almost certainly benefit from a regular run of games.

Will Cooper let Mighten leave Forest on loan?

It does seem unlikely. Philip Zinckernagel and Joe Lolley have perhaps been out of sorts lately and Forest aren’t blessed with lots of options.

Mighten does have raw pace and he has shown flashes of brilliance during his 54 appearances for the Forest team.

Lincoln may have their stall set out for the current campaign. If they were looking for a winger to bolster their ranks though, perhaps Forest would be wise to mention Mighten.

Forest Mighten
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Cooper has worked with the 19-year-old before and perhaps he sees himself as the best manager for his development.

If Forest strengthen their attacking ranks in January then they have to seriously consider a loan for Mighten.

It worked for Johnson and the United States-born starlet could also feel the benefit from a City Ground hiatus.

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