Nottingham Forest have somewhat gone off the boil in recent weeks, but victory over Sheffield United before the international break will have installed a new sense of confidence around the City Ground.
Mark Warburton’s men lie comfortably in mid-table at this early stage of the season, and fans will remain confident that their side can still mount a push for the playoffs this year.
However, a top six finish may be just out of reach this season, but Forest fans can remain confident for the future.
The young base of players in the squad is unrivalled at this level, with the likes of Zach Clough, Ben Brereton, Barrie McKay, Matty Cash and Joe Worrall just some of the names of players aged 22 and under.
Add goalkeeper Jordan Smith and forward Tyler Walker to that list, as well as 23-year-old Ben Osborn to that list, and Forest can almost field a side consisting entirely of players in the early stages of their career.
Oh, and don’t forget summer signing from Hibs Jason Cummings, another 22-year-old with massive potential.
It is hard to find a larger group of talented youngsters at a single club in the Football League, perhaps even the Premier League, and the suggestion is that the future is extremely bright for Mark Warburton’s men.
Each of these players is already a well-known Championship regular, and it won’t be long before they are all in the starting XI at the same time.
This group will grow and become better alongside each other, with excellent working and personal relationships which will only contribute to their form on the field.
This isn’t Forest’s year, perhaps maybe not even next year will see the East Midlands side return to the Premier League.
Keep these youngsters together for three or four years however, and Forest will be knocking on the top flight door very soon.
What do you think, Forest fans? Is promotion realistic now or in the next couple of years? Have your say below…