Nottingham Forest starlets Dale Taylor and Detlef Esapa Osong have been spotted in a training video on the club’s official YouTube channel. The Reds returned to the training ground yesterday after a short break.

Both youngsters appear to be with the group. The pair have been performing for the under-18s for the last year and during 2022/23, both players have started to make the step towards the under-23s.

Forest starlets spotted training
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In the case of Taylor, he looks like a real gem. He was on the bench for the 5-1 win over Swansea in April and was also included among the substitutes when Forest player Crystal Palace last time out.

The 19-year-old signed for Forest from Linfield. There he played for the first team and scored a goal at 15-years-old, with Northern Irish legend David Healy calling him ‘fantastic’ at the time.

Taylor is built like a professional player already. He was one of the star performers during last season’s brilliant run to the FA Youth Cup Final and he’s shaping up to be a fine player for the club.

As for Esapa Osong, he looks a little bit further back in his development. Still, he’s scoring a decent amount of goals for the youth teams and it would appear that Steve Cooper rates him highly.

Forest starlets Taylor and Esapa Osong spotted in training

This is fantastic news and a great move by Steve Cooper. The Reds squad will be somewhat short at the moment with Cheikhou Kouyate and Remo Freuler still in World Cup action over in Qatar.

Neco Williams, Brennan Johnson and Wayne Hennessey will also be missing for a week or so. The trio were part of the Wales squad that were dumped out of the tournament by England last night.

Forest starlets spotted training
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As a result, calling up some of the younger players makes perfect sense. It gives them the confidence of training with senior professionals and also allows Cooper to take a closer look at them.

Both strikers will welcome the chance to try and seize their opportunity with the first team. Although their time is unlikely to come this season, this is a move that is sure to delight the fan base.

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