‘He’s one of our own’.
It’s a phrase that has made its way into the football lexicon in recent years. It gained main stream attention when it was sung about Tottenham’s Harry Kane back in 2015, but is now being sung by a lot of fans of various teams across the country.
Whilst they may not get the limelight that as the likes of ‘The Class of 92’, Nottingham Forest’s academy has certainly produced their fair share of decent players in the past, however things have really ramped up in recent years.
And that is something that Gary Brazil needs to take a lot of credit for. Having been appointed the academy manager back in 2014, he has seen a number of players come through the academy and make inroads in the first team.
With the likes of Arvin Appiah and Ben Osborn having left this summer, the income from academy graduates has reached £42m, something that @alexquantock wanted to point out on Twitter and praise the 56-year-old Brazil for.
Forest fans were certainly willing to jump on board with the praise for him, congratulating him on what a fantastic job he has done so far.
Here here ????
— Nicky Long (@Nicky_Long) September 4, 2019
He’s a good en ????
— Sarah McLaughlin (@sjstapsar) September 4, 2019
Give him two raises!!
— Pete (@midhurst_pete) September 4, 2019
Yet some clubs don’t see the value in top class academies
— Gary-Baldy (@funkstarphil) September 4, 2019
Although there were a number of fans who thought that praising him might not be the best idea.
Overrated he’s rubbish and does nothing so other clubs don’t waste your time #payrise ????????????????
— wayne hall (@wayneforesthall) September 5, 2019
Actually to any clubs reading this he's actually rubbish couldn't spot young talent if it jumped up and down in front of him!!! Keep away well. We'll do you all favour and keep him employed here!! (Do you think that'll work?) ????????
— James Howatson (@jhow78) September 4, 2019
Shhh don't tell anyone, someone will steal our Gaz away from us! ????
— Steven Icke (@terrorste) September 4, 2019
— Danny Nedelko (@psychospen) September 4, 2019