Looks like the squad could be getting a little bit bigger in the near future.
It’s not going to be Marcus McGuane just yet though. Despite the deal apparently being done a few days ago, it looks as if there’s still going to be some delays to that. No, these players come from a lot closer to home, in fact arguably you can’t get any closer to home than the Nigel Doughty Academy.
With Tyler Walker getting some attention since his recall from Lincoln City, it looks as if he could be joined by two more academy products in the first-team, at least according to reporter Sarah Clapson.
Speaking during a Q&A for Nottinghamshire Live, she spoke about Alex Mighten and Brennan Johnson’s future and why they didn’t leave the club in the January transfer window:
“Thought one or other of them might have ended up going out on loan in January, as a chance to get game time. But Lamouchi thinks very highly of both of them, and they can still have a part to play this season. Going to be tough for them, but can still be games where they might get a chance from off the bench. And they will benefit from being in and around the first-team… They’ve both got very bright futures ahead of them. And if they impress in training, you never know when that chance will come.”
It might seem a little bit cliché, but at this stage of the season, it really is a case of needing all hands on deck, and every player needs to be available and ready to go at a moment’s notice. You could almost equate it to the Frederico Macheda goal from back in 2008/09 for Manchester United.
He was someone who came out of nowhere and proved to be a critical player in their title challenge, so there’s nothing to stop the likes of Mighten, Johnson or Walker from playing as critical a role in Forest’s promotion campaign.
Will we see Mighten & Johnson in the first-team before the end of the season?
And if Lamouchi thinks of highly of them as Clapson believes, then it’s not entirely impossible that they do play a big role going forward.