Steve Cook has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest defender Djed Spence for his recent performances.

The on-loan Middlesbrough man has been a revelation since he checked in at the City Ground.

Spence has made 28 appearances for the Reds, helping the team towards a push for the play-offs and into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

It’s been quite a remarkable campaign by Spence who has proved his critics wrong.

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Neil Warnock opting to loan him out looks like a foolish decision and he’s now set for stardom once he leaves Forest.

Cook arrived at the club in January on a free transfer from Bournemouth.

He has slotted in seamlessly at the Reds, making 10 appearances for the club since his somewhat surprising arrival.

The 30-year-old has been singing the praises of Spence during a recent interview with The Athletic.

He said: “He’s a unique young boy and he’s extremely talented. It’s entirely up to him how far he wants to go. He is a really special young player.”

Both Spence and Cook will hope to help Forest edge closer to the play-off places with a big win against Sheffield United tomorrow.

Spence is integral to Forest fortunes

The wing-back positions in Steve Cooper’s system are extremely important.

As a result, Forest will hope that Spence can stay fit and healthy between now and the end of the campaign.

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The 21-year-old has avoided injury so far and everyone associated with the club will hope that remains the case.

Likewise, Cook is also proving an important part of Cooper’s team and looks an inspired January signing.

Spence is the one that has been given the majority of praise this season and the youngster looked destined for a top club in the summer.

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