Date: 16th April 2019 at 6:00pm
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After Brennan Johnson scored a hat-trick for Nottingham Forest u23s in Monday’s 4-1 win over Ipswich Town at Portman Road, some fans have called on Martin O’Neill to select him in the first-team squad for the Reds’ upcoming Championship game.

Forest travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Friday and could be much-changed after O’Neill said he’d consider giving fringe players a run-out due to their chances of promotion being all but dead this season. the East Midlands side are currently 11th in the table and eight points adrift of the playoffs with 12 points available to them.

Arvin Appiah has been recently included in the squad and many more youngsters could follow in Forest’s last four games. Johnson is certainly doing everything in his power to be noticed by O’Neill, with the 17-year-old scoring five goals in his last two reserve-team games, so he could be in line to make his senior debut.

Forest u23s have enjoyed a strong finish to the season, winning their last four games in the Professional Development League, and Johnson is making a real name for himself. The Reds have nothing to lose by turning to youth, so why not consider giving the teenager valuable minutes to boost his development?

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