Nottingham Forest Under-23s thrashed Reading 7-0 at the Nigel Doughty Training Ground last night on a remarkable night for Andy Reid’s man.
Will Swan offered a timely reminder of his potential with a scintillating hat-trick as the Royals were swept aside.
Naturally, the man who made his first-team debut under Chris Hughton was the standout. Other goals came from Julian Larsson, Ateef Konate, Aaron Donnelly and Oliver Hammond.
Swan was the man who will have excited supporters, however. His hat-trick proved just the tonic for Reid’s team who are now unbeaten in seven outings.
The 21-year-old has now scored 10 times during the 2021/22 campaign and he’s really kicking on under the influence of the under-23 coaching staff.
Swan did make two substitute appearances for Forest last season. His debut actually came against Steve Cooper’s Swansea team, with another 19-minute cameo coming against Reading.
The talented striker spent the second half of last season at Port Vale. That move didn’t quite go according to plan and he spent a lot of his time at the club as an option from the bench.
Swan was kept at the City Ground for the 2021/22 season for the club’s maiden Premier League 2 campaign and he’s producing the goods.
The talisman is out of contract in the summer. As a result, he will want to keep firing the goal in and hopefully earn a professional contract with Forest.
Swan has to be knocking on the Forest first-team door
It sounds an easy assumption but surely Cooper is fully aware of the quality that Swan could bring to the first-team ranks.
With Lewis Grabban injured, the Reds now have Keinan Davis and Sam Surridge as the two options to lead the forward line.
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An injury to either of those two and Swan will surely be the next cab off the rank to be called upon by Cooper.
His finishing qualities are perhaps unrivalled in the under-23 ranks and he has the potential to step up to first-team football.
A few more performances akin to last night and surely it’s only a matter of time before he gets a chance under Cooper.