It has been a whirlwind few days for Nottingham Forest under-18 forward Detlef Esapa Osong. He signed his first professional contract on Friday and then played in a classic against Derby County on Saturday morning.
The Reds powerhouse has been a revelation this season. He has been an integral part of Warren Joyce’s team and has also been on the bench for the under-23s.
Now, he’s committed his future to the Reds. He signed for Forest from grassroots football in 2017 and has found the net five times in the under-18 Premier League this season.
His latest goal came on Saturday. It was a bittersweet morning for the Reds at the Derby training ground. The Reds roared into a two-goal lead, with Esapa Osong among the goals, but lost 3-2 after a stirring second-half comeback from the Rams.
It’s been a baptism of fire for the Forest young guns. After achieving category one academy status last summer, this is the first season in the Premier League for the academy.
Naturally, that has seen the competition increase. No longer are Forest among the big hitters, although they have acquitted themselves really well.
Esapa Osong’s form has caught the eye. He is the latest youngster to pen a professional deal and can now set his sights on impressing Steve Cooper.
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The talented 17-year-old is definitely one to watch. He has showcased his brilliance this season and also scored against Bristol City in the FA Youth Cup.
Now, he has his future sorted and he should kick on. Esapa Osong is a powerful member of Joyce’s young Forest team, with a keen eye for goals.
The Reds also have Dale Taylor coming through the ranks. With that in mind, it looks as though Forest are in good hands when it comes to strikers emerging on the first-team scene in the next few years.