Fin Back is one Nottingham Forest youngster with a burgeoning reputation and he’s reaping the rewards of a loan with Carlisle United.
The Reds allowed the youngster to gain some important experience at Brunton Park after their promotion to the Premier League.
Steve Cooper is a huge fan of Back’s and he will be intrigued to see how he develops during his season-long spell.
Back was utilised by the Forest senior ranks at the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
He made five appearances for the club and didn’t disappoint anyone when he was called upon.
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His last outing for the Reds came on Boxing Day and a loan spell was always likely to be part of his development.
At Carlisle, he’s been given the platform to play football by Paul Simpson and he’s making waves in Cumbria.
Back’s dad helped England taste Rugby World Cup glory in 2003 and clearly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
The 20-year-old is determined, hardworking and isn’t fazed by playing regular first-team football at such a young age.
On Saturday he was the shining light for Carlisle despite a 3-2 defeat against high-flying Leyton Orient.
Some statistics from Who Scored highlighted Back’s brilliance as he claimed an assist during the unfortunate loss for Carlisle.
Despite operating as a right-back he made four key passes, showcasing a willingness to get forward and aid attacks.
Defensively he was sound too. He made five tackles and also won two aerial challenges during his 90 minutes on the pitch.
Back reaping the rewards at Carlisle
The Forest academy graduate was named in the League Two Team of the Week for his efforts on Saturday.
Considering that Carlisle were beaten that should provide everyone with a clue about just how well he performed.
Back was brilliant throughout and both Simpson and Cooper will be delighted with the season he’s having.
The challenge for Back is to keep his head down, keep enjoying his football and continue learning as the season progresses.
Back looks destined for a proper Forest shot at some point.
Carlisle were clearly a good club for the Reds to send Back to and long may his good form continue.