Nottingham Forest midfielder Tyrese Fornah has told the Shropshire Star that he’s trying to repay the faith shown in him by Steve Cotterill. The maestro checked in at Shrewsbury Town during January and is starting to make a real impact.
The 22-year-old wasn’t part of Steve Cooper’s immediate plans when he checked in at the City Ground. As a result, he was taken out of the under-23 setup and instead loaned out to the League One outfit.
Fornah has outgrown academy football and it’s perhaps a surprise that he wasn’t allowed to leave in the summer. The youngster played 44 times for Plymouth last season as Ryan Lowe helped the club enjoy a solid maiden campaign in the third tier.
The talent did play in both of Forest’s games in the Carabao Cup during 2021/22. He was also introduced as a substitute during a 2-1 defeat against Blackburn earlier in the campaign.
Now, Fornah is finding his feet in League One once again. He’s been discussing his loan and has said he’s keen to repay the faith shown in him by former Forest boss Cotterill.
He told the Shropshire Star: “When I first came in it was hard because I wasn’t exactly match fit. I’d spent months in the Championship not really getting a game and having to drop down to the under-23s.
“That’s where the mentality kicks in. I’ve always believed what type of player I am. It was an eye-opener because I’d had a bit of a jolly up for the last five or six months.
“The manager has given me time, they didn’t put any pressure on me. Now, it’s just about trying to repay everyone really.”
Fornah in line for Forest chance next season
The talented performer looks set to be another academy starlet in line for a Forest chance. He was handed a contract until 2024 before he joined Shrewsbury and that certainly shows that he’s fancied by the club.
Fornah knows all about performing in League One. He was magnificent for the Pilgrims in the third tier last season and he’s accustomed to the division.
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Cotterill looks like a decent manager for the youngster at this stage of his development. He likes his teams to pass the ball about and that should suit Fornah.
Next season could be a big one for the Forest man. James Garner will return to Manchester United and perhaps Cooper will give Fornah the chance to plug that hole in midfield.