Yassine En-Neyah is determined to get more chances in the first team at Nottingham Forest, after making his first-team debut for the Reds against Chelsea in the FA Cup at the weekend.
The 19-year-old has been a key player for the Under-23s at Forest over the past few seasons and he was finally given the opportunity to make his senior debut for the Reds on Sunday afternoon.
Sabri Lamouchi made several changes to his matchday squad for the FA Cup clash – which Chelsea won 2-0 – and En-Neyah was one of a number of young players to be given an opportunity to impress.
The highly-rated winger came off the bench with nine minutes to go for his senior debut and put in a solid performance.
En-Neyah returned to action for the Under-23s on Tuesday afternoon and provided an assist, as Forest returned to the top of the Professional Development League with a 2-1 win over Burnley.
Following the game at the City Ground, En-Neyah reflected on the past few days and described the experience of making his first-team debut for Forest as the best experience of his life.
He told the club’s official website: “I loved it, it was the best experience of my life. I was nervous at the start but as soon as I stepped on to the pitch, I got into the game and I was fine.
“The first team boys gave me all the confidence I needed. They helped me a lot, I don’t think I would have coped if they didn’t make me comfortable so I am very grateful to the club, to Gary Brazil, Chris Cohen and the gaffer.
“I am fighting for this shirt, to get in the first team and it is all very competitive.”
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Yassine En-Neyah is a promising young player and he could have a very bright future ahead of him at Nottingham Forest. I’m sure he’ll be over the moon to have made his debut for the Reds at the weekend and he should be pleased with his performance.
Now that he’s had a taste of what it’s like to play for the first-team in a big game, I’m sure he’ll be even more determined to get more opportunities in the future.
He seems to have a very good attitude and that can take him a long way. He’s got to make sure that he remains focused on what he is doing for the Under-23s and if he can keep on impressing, he may get more chances for the senior side.
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