Nottingham Forest unleashed a new-look Alex Mighten against Swansea last week and he made a stunning impact.
The Reds forward had a new hairstyle on display but it wasn’t that aspect that caught the attention of supporters.
Mighten looked bigger, stronger and better than ever before as he was introduced for the final 14 minutes against the Swans.
It was the first time that the 20-year-old has played in nine matches and it seems clear where Steve Cooper has told him to improve.
The versatile performer showcased a new side to his game, coming on as a striker and rounding off the scoring in the 5-1 win.
Mighten used his strong physique to bustle his way between two defenders and poke the ball past Andy Fisher between the posts.
It’s perhaps a surprise that the academy graduate hasn’t played more often under Cooper.
The player renowned for being utilised on the wing featured under the Forest boss at England youth level but he’s found game time difficult this season.
He’s started just four games during 2021/22 with just two of those coming under the current boss.
That means that he’s been forced to wait patiently for his chance but it seems crystal clear that he’s been working hard on the training ground.
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At 20, there is still bags of time for Mighten to hold down a place as a regular in Cooper’s team.
He certainly has a decent amount of experience. During 2020/21 he made 27 appearances, scoring three goals and claiming one assist. Mighten also won the Young Player of the Year award at the club.
This season has seen Forest climb the Championship at a frantic rate and as a result, Cooper has kept a more settled outfit.
That has made for a frustrating campaign for Mighten but he should be handed a start on Saturday.
Forest can no longer go up automatically and some players could be in line for a rest at the weekend.
That could open the door for some fringe players and after an impressive cameo against Swansea, Mighten deserves to play.