Former Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill has told the Shropshire Star that he tried to sign Reds midfielder Tyrese Fornah in the summer.

The 22-year-old was once again outstanding on Saturday as Shrewsbury defeated Lincoln City 1-0 on home soil.

Fornah has taken some time to get up to speed but after six months playing under-23 football that’s to be expected.

Last season, the midfield general was a standout for Plymouth; making 44 appearances as they secured a respectable League One finish.

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Now, Fornah is busy getting back up to speed and he’s really starting to thrive in Cotterill’s team at Shrewsbury.

His boss was buzzing with him after yesterday’s game and he says signing him was several months in the making.

He told the Shropshire Star: “The only disappointing thing with Tyrese is that I didn’t manage to get him in August.

“I hung on and hung on and then he couldn’t come out in the end, that’s a disappointment.

“We didn’t have him for four or five months earlier, he was the one I was waiting for and it just couldn’t happen for one reason or another.”

Shrewsbury signed Leicester man Khanya Leshabela on loan instead of Fornah.

The Shropshire Star have implied that he didn’t have the same impact as what Fornah has and that bodes well.

Before leaving on loan, Forest tied the midfielder to a new contract and he looks certain for a City Ground chance at some point.

Fornah deserves a chance at Forest

There could be a space in Steve Cooper’s team for a midfielder next season.

James Garner will return to Manchester United, whilst Cafu or Braian Ojeda could possibly head out.

That could open up a space and Fornah could be the next academy player to get a chance in the first team.

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It’s intriguing that he’s already performing better than a Leicester talent in the same position at Shrewsbury.

That offers a firm indication of the work that the Forest academy are doing and the future is really bright.

Shrewsbury are playing some nice football under Cotterill and Forest have done a good job in letting Fornah sign for them.

He will hope to continue his strong form and then make a Forest impact next season.

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