Charlton striker Conor Washington has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest starlet Dale Taylor.

The Northern Ireland talisman has got a first look at the teenager during training for the upcoming internationals.

Taylor was a shock inclusion in the senior squad by Ian Baraclough for games against Lithuania and Italy.

Remarkably the talented teenager has earned the call up despite not playing a senior game for Forest.

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Northern Ireland international Washington; Photo; Marcio Machado; Eurasia Sport Images; Getty Images)

Taylor is set for a bright future in the game and at 17, Forest have high hopes for him at the City Ground.

Washington will hope to line up alongside Taylor in the coming days as Northern Ireland look to end their World Cup qualifying campaign on a high.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: “I think he’s got a really bright future and I’ve been really impressed with him, to be honest.

“He looks very accomplished as a footballer which is not something you often say about a 17-year-old.


“I probably expected him to be a little rawer than he is, but he looks like a real talent. He’s also a good size at 17.

“His movement and finishing look quality but the biggest standout so far is that he looks very sure of himself around these players.

“That’s a real box ticked. He’s got that in abundance.”

Exciting: Taylor set for Forest stardom

The youngster has to use the next week or so as the platform to earn himself a chance with Forest.

He has excelled with the under-18 and under-23 ranks thus far and the next step is for him to impress Steve Cooper.

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Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough; Photo; Marcio Machado; Eurasia Sport Images; Getty Images)

Forest only have Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor as their striker options and an injury could open the door for someone.

Taylor looks like a seriously talented player and being called up for Northern Ireland can do him no harm at all.

It’s good that he’s already impressing the senior players in the squad and he’ll hope to kick on back at Forest.

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