Nottingham Forest youngster Dale Taylor was named in the Northern Ireland squad for the first time yesterday.
Ian Baraclough has chosen to take a look at Taylor for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, with the Green and Whites now needing snookers to qualify.
The 17-year-old is yet to feature for the senior ranks at Forest. He has been a regular at under-18 level although he finished last season with the under-23s.
He is highly rated by the coaching staff at Forest. As a result, this call-up comes as no surprise to the people behind the scenes at Forest.
Taylor has been nursing an injury this season. He has returned to the under-23 ranks in recent weeks though, making two appearances.
Now, his next outing could be on the international stage. Northern Ireland face Lithuania and Italy at Windsor Park in the next couple of weeks, with Taylor now on board.
The wonderkid striker signed for Forest in the summer of 2020. By December he had been handed a professional deal following a glut of goals at under-18 and under-23 level.
He famously scored a senior goal at 15-years-old whilst playing for Linfield before his move to Nottingham.
That led to his manager at the time, David Healy, calling him ‘exceptional’ during his post-match interview.
What have Forest fans said about Taylor?
It’s fair to say the Reds fan base are delighted for their burgeoning talent. They hope he gets on the pitch next week during two outings for Northern Ireland.
It might not be too long before Forest fans are seeing him strut his stuff on the Championship stage.
Steve Cooper isn’t blessed with an abundance of strikers at the City Ground and Taylor’s call-up might alert the Reds boss.
Some Forest fans have had some kind words for the youngster after his fine achievement.
Here is what they had to say on Twitter after yesterday’s squad announcement.