David Johnson has praised Jonathan Panzo after the youngster made his Nottingham Forest debut against Hull City yesterday.

The defender came in as one of seven changes for Steve Cooper as the Reds prepared for the play-offs.

Panzo arrived at Forest during January but has been restricted to under-23 football since arriving from French outfit Dijon.

With a play-off place secured and automatic promotion out of the question, Cooper made the decision to rest some of his star players.

Johnson praised Panzo
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One of those was Scott McKenna and that allowed Panzo to make his debut for the Reds against Hull.

The youngster made an impressive start to life on Trentside. He played for 65 minutes before a change in the system saw Cooper withdraw him.

Panzo does have experience in men’s football. During his time at Monaco, he made three appearances, whilst he also spent time on loan with Cercle Brugge.

Dijon handed him a platform to play regularly, although he jumped at the chance to move to England when Cooper came calling during the January transfer window.

The Forest boss made Panzo integral during his time managing the England under-17 team; with the centre-back claiming a World Cup winners medal.

Johnson praised Panzo and Forest starlet did well

The youngster did really well during his time on the bench and he will take lots of confidence from the performance.

With McKenna bang in form, it does seem unlikely that he will make another appearance this season, with Forest to face Sheffield United in the play-offs.

The future looks bright though and Panzo looks like a useful addition for Forest ahead of next season.

As a left-footer, he should get plenty of chances to play in the first-team as he progresses and Johnson was right to praise him for yesterday’s showing.

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