Nottingham Forest bowed out of the Under-17 Premier League Cup last night after a 3-2 defeat to Sunderland.
Ben Perry put Forest in front but goals from Harry Gardner and Thomas Watson in quick succession fired the visitors in front.
Jack Nadin equalised to send the game to extra-time but Gardner’s second of the night edged the Black Cats home.
It was a valiant effort by the young guns and they can take a lot of confidence from reaching the quarter-finals.
In Nadin, Forest have a player who looks like one to watch for a few years to come and he’s already been starring for the under-18s.
The teenager has scored twice in this year’s FA Youth Cup, with his strikes coming against Bristol City and Peterborough.
He’s also produced some decent performances in the under-18 Premier League and at 17-years-old the future looks really bright.
Nadin has scored once in the league and has also registered one assist in Warren Joyce’s team during 2021/22.
The talented number 10 has also made one appearance for the under-23s, although his development has been better served with the age group below.
Future could be bright for Nadin at Forest
One thing that must delight the academy lads at Forest is the pathway being relatively clear to first-team stardom.
In Steve Cooper, the first-team has a head coach willing to call on youth, whilst he has bags of experience nurturing young players.
Nadin dropped down a level to help the under-17s last night but he should be back with the under-18s for this weekend’s game with Derby County.
The forward typically operates behind the striker. During 2021/22, he has struck up a decent relationship with Detlef Esapa Osong and the pair look likely to enjoy bright futures.
At 17, Nadin has bags of time on his side. From a Forest perspective, however, he looks like another massive talent to watch over the next couple of years.