Nottingham Forest gem Dale Taylor has earned recognition from the League Football Education in their ‘The 11 for April’ section, the club’s website has confirmed.

The Northern Ireland prodigy has enjoyed a fine few weeks, with the youngster helping the Forest under-18s reach the FA Youth Cup Final.

He scored during a 3-1 victory, with his goal proving to be the catalyst for Forest to get back into the game against Chelsea.

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The Reds will now face Manchester United in the final at Old Trafford and Taylor is a player with a large amount of potential.

Taylor is enjoying a rich vein of form. Last month, he caught the eye with a tremendous long-range effort during a 4-4 draw against Leeds.

The 18-year-old looks set for a bright future in the game. He is yet to make his first appearance for Forest but he has made a substitute outing for the Northern Ireland senior ranks.

The progress he’s making under Joyce isn’t going unnoticed and Steve Cooper will surely be monitoring him with intrigue.

His latest recognition from the League Football Education acknowledges the football and academic progress of U18 players on apprenticeships at EFL clubs.

Taylor set for big Forest future

The Reds have a proud history when it comes to young players and they’ve already tied Taylor to a professional contract on Trentside.

His form this season has been good and although he’s missed some games through injury, the future looks very bright indeed.

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Forest do seem to have a knack when it comes to talented youngsters. There is also a clear strength in that they seem to know exactly when a player is ready to make the step to senior football.

In Steve Cooper, the first team now have a coach well-equipped to manage young players too. As a result, Taylor’s first-team debut could be on the horizon in the coming years.

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