Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has a great track record of blooding young players, following his exploits with the England under-17 team earlier in his career.

He led that team to a World Cup win and now, he’s the man tasked with overseeing the fortunes of Forest and their hotbed of young talents.

Several youngsters are already in the first team but what about the ones coming through the ranks waiting for their Championship chance.

With the international break nearly over, here is our prediction concerning the next five Nottingham Forest players to earn a full Championship debut under Cooper.

Tyrese Fornah

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Having not been loaned out, it seemed as though the central midfielder might get the chance to shine under Chris Hughton.

That didn’t transpire, however, and a start wasn’t forthcoming under the former boss.

He’s yet to feature in a squad under Steve Cooper, although the head coach has spoken fondly about his ability since joining the club.

Fornah has captained the under-23s on occasions this season and is firmly knocking on the Forest door for a starting berth.

Will Swan

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The striker made a couple of substitute appearances during 2020/21 but he’s yet to make a start in the Forest first team.

Swan also spent time on loan with Port Vale last season, scoring once in 10 outings for the Valiants.

This season he has spent time playing under-23 football and he’s thrived under the faith shown to him by Andy Reid.

He has scored five goals in 10 appearances and an injury or two in the senior ranks could see him promoted.

 

Ateef Konate

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The former Le Havre winger is busy making waves and recently he has spent time training with Cooper’s first team.

That certainly bodes well for him and he might not be too far away from making a Championship appearance.

The 20-year-old played in both Carabao Cup games this season but is yet to make a first-team appearance at the City Ground.

During his maiden Premier League 2 campaign, he has scored once in nine appearances.

Dale Taylor

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Everyone is busy talking about the new Northern Ireland prodigy after he made his debut for the senior international ranks last week.

The 17-year-old Forest striker played the final 15 minutes as the Green and Whites defeated Lithuania at Windsor Park.

Taylor is perhaps some way off the first-team picture, having missed the start of this season through injury.

His international recognition will have certainly alerted Cooper though and perhaps the door could soon swing open for him.

Oliver Hammond

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Another who was handed a start in the Carabao Cup earlier this season was Wales under-19 international Hammond.

The midfielder can play in a number of roles and looks set to be an asset to Forest during his career.

Cooper will be busy keeping an eye on his development and he’s proved a useful player for the under-23s so far this season.

Hammond is another who has been tied to a professional contract and perhaps a Championship start isn’t far away.

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