Nottingham Forest director of professional development Gary Brazil has heaped praise on Dale Taylor after his thunderous strike for the under-18s yesterday.

Warren Joyce’s team drew 4-4 with Leeds United at the Thorp Arch training ground in an entertaining game in the Under-18 Premier League.

Forest have endured a tough baptism of fire in their league campaign this season. The young guns have, however, reached the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup where they will meet Chelsea.

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Taylor’s performance yesterday was brilliant. His goal was utterly sublime; firing past the goalkeeper after an almighty strike from around 30 yards out.

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The Northern Ireland performer has endured a season of mixed fortunes. He’s had some issues with injuries, although he has made a senior debut for the national team.

Taylor checked in at Forest from Linfield. In his homeland, he caught the eye with a goalscoring performance for the first team at the age of just 15.

His boss at the time David Healy raved about him at the time and tipped him for a really bright career.

It would seem as though Brazil echos those sentiments. Now, he has waded into the discussion regarding the brilliance of Taylor.

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It seems crystal clear that the director of professional development is delighted with the progress being made by the international.

Taylor can clearly play and he will be buoyed that in Steve Cooper, the first team has a head coach willing to utilise youth.

The youngster is arguably at the perfect club for his development and with the likes of Brazil overseeing his development he’s in safe hands.

Forest will be happy with how Taylor is doing right now and it’ll be interesting to see when he does make the step up to first-team football.

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