Whilst the centre-back was turning out for the England Under-17s in a 5-0 loss against Poland, The Guardian were publishing a piece on 20 top talents in the Premier League.
Abbott has caught the eye of Cooper. In August the Welsh head coach gave the player his first-team debut during a Carabao Cup clash against Grimsby.
The Under-18 star only came on for the closing stages but it will be a night that the 16-year-old will never forget.
Abbott is a homegrown player. He’s seen as being extremely disciplined, with The Guardian suggesting that his father has a military background.
The youngster is tough-tackling and he helped the Reds reach the final of the FA Youth Cup last season.
He starred throughout the competition and was very impressive during the final, despite a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.
Abbott is the second youngest player of all time to play for the senior Forest ranks and the future looks extremely bright.
The challenge for Abbott this term will be to continue playing games and ultimately keep listening to the advice from the coaches.
Forest Under-18s are managed by Warren Joyce and he will have given him some sound advice over the last 12 months.
Abbott might play a fair amount of games for the Under-21s this term and it will be interesting to see how that goes for him.
Steve Cooper is a big Zach Abbott fan
The Reds have a proud history with their academy ranks and Abbott looks like he’s coming along on the conveyor belt.
A central defender, he plays with belief, passion and ultimately he appears to have an old head on young shoulders.
Abbott is at the very best club to continue his development. He’s around elite coaches and they will do whatever it takes to bring him through.
In Cooper, Forest also have a first-team manager who isn’t afraid to hand youngsters a chance to shine at the senior level.
Abbott looks like a future star at the City Ground and his progress will be monitored with intrigue.