Nottingham Forest youth team striker Dale Taylor has been called up to the senior Northern Ireland squad.

The talisman is yet to make a first-team appearance at the City Ground but is a highly rated youngster.

Taylor checked in at Forest from Linfield in the summer of 2020. He quickly went about making his mark on the under-18s and signed professional terms last December.

The 17-year-old made waves in Northern Ireland. He scored in a league game for Linfield at the age of just 15 and was called ‘exceptional’ by boss David Healy.

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RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Taylor has missed some action this season through injury but he will be delighted to receive a senior call-up.

Ian Baraclough has called him into his squad for games against Lithuania and Italy, both of which will take place at Windsor Park.

Taylor joins experienced trio Josh Magennis, Conor Washington and former Forest target Gavin Whyte as the attacking options.

The youngster will hope to use this as a platform for a Forest chance. The Reds aren’t blessed with lots of strikers and that might bode well.

He is perhaps some way down the pecking order but the next couple of years could see him step up.

Exciting: Taylor set for bright Forest future

Having scored a senior goal at the age of 15, there is bound to be excitement surrounding Taylor. This call-up only enhances those expectation levels.

The youngster looks like a decent player. He is an all-action centre forward who loves to try and find space behind defenders.

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Steve Cooper could actually be the perfect manager for Taylor. He is a master when it comes to nurturing youngsters and as a result, the 17-year-old could be in good hands.

Only time will tell when his Forest chance comes. Getting this call up should do him no harm whatsoever, however.

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