Nottingham Forest Under-23s thrashed West Brom 5-0 on their travels last night and Josh Powell managed to get 20 minutes from the bench.

The talented 17-year-old was in the squad after a number of international call-ups left Andy Reid with some gaps to fill.

Powell is a versatile performer. The left-footed player has been a regular with the under-18 ranks and has been called upon a few times by Reid.

Forest are flying high in Premier League 2 during their maiden campaign at an elite level. The Reds secured category one status for their academy prior to the season starting.

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Reid has seen his team throw themselves into play-off contention with a string of impressive goalscoring displays.

Forest have seen plenty of players come of age this season in their under-23 ranks.

Ateef Konate, Will Swan, Julian Larsson, Oliver Hammond, Riley Harbottole and Fin Back are just a few performers playing out of their skin.

Powell is a little further behind in his development. He is a more frequent performer with the younger teams but last night will have been a great experience for him.

Versatile Powell is one to watch for Forest fans

The Reds performer looks like an exciting player. He has made 10 appearances for the under-18 ranks this season, registering two assists.

Perhaps more of an asset is Powell’s versatility. Already this season he’s played as a left-winger, left-back, defensive midfielder and as part of a strike force.

The teenager will surely be close to catching the eye of Steve Cooper with that level of versatility.

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He’s known to prefer players who can play in a number of positions and in the coming years, Powell could make a serious impact at Forest.

The talented 17-year-old will have welcome the chance to get a run out for the first team at The Hawthorns.

Now, he’ll hope to become a regular with Reid’s under-23s and the future looks extremely bright on Trentside.

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