Date: 9th January 2020 at 4:00pm
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Crashing back down to earth.

Ok, that might be a little bit of a stretch, but it’s not far off the journey that this man has gone through in the past week or so. Having come off the bench in Forest’s FA Cup defeat to Chelsea on the weekend, it was back to normal for Tyrese Fornah as he played his part in the U23 side’s 2-1 win over Burnley to take them back to the top of the Professional Development League table.

And speaking to the club website about his experience, Fornah spoke about how big a challenge it was having to chop and change between the senior and the youth side in such a short space of time, but hopes that he did enough to make sure that doesn’t happen in the future:

“The last few days have been great for me and some of the boys in the academy. We had to be professional and get the win against Burnley who are a great side. Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Being a midfielder, you look at the likes of Jorginho and Barkley, these are world-class players. So for the gaffer to trust me and put me on was a dream. I tried to do my job and I hope the gaffer was okay with my performance.”

Overall, I believe that the young players in the team at Stamford Bridge acquitted themselves well, the fact that they only lost two-nil to one of the top teams in the country, and if it wasn’t for a controversial VAR decision, the game may have ended completely differently, so there is clearly something in this group of players that might give fans hope that the talent is coming through.

However, as I have said before with any youngster that comes into the first team, their first appearance in the team is special, but what’s more important is how you deal with them afterwards, because one false step could turn what might be a promising youngster into a ‘what could have been’.

Where should these talented youngsters spend the rest of the season?

Out on loan

Out on loan

Kept in the U23s

Kept in the U23s

And given the amount of talent that has come through the academy, it would be a shame to let the side down by making the wrong decision about their future.

 
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