Nottingham Forest picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday night, beating League One side Fleetwood Town 1-0 in the Carabao Cup.
Their victory at the City Ground, though predictable, will likely provide a big confidence boost to the Reds squad and is an important first win for new boss Sabri Lamouchi.
Forest have had a difficult start to their Championship campaign, facing two teams that will likely be competing at the top this season in Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion.
An opening day loss against the Baggies was followed up by an impressive draw against Leeds at Elland Road.
Given the 12 signings the Nottingham club made this summer, I suspect it may be a while before we can make a full assessment of Lamouchi’s side.
It will be interesting to see how the French manager combines the new arrivals with some of the quality players already in the Forest squad.
Among those is 18-year-old winger Arvin Appiah, a player that could be set to make an impact for the Reds this season if given the chance.
A product of the Forest academy, Appiah made his senior debut against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup last season, coming on as a substitute in the 84th minute.
He made a quick impact, scoring in the 91st minute, and would go on to make a further six appearances for the Reds last season.
Appiah showed glimpses of quality in those performances but, given an opportunity, this season could be the one in which we see him blossom.
Lamouchi has already shown he is a manager who is willing to put faith in youth.
He handed a debut to 18-year-old Brennan Johnson in the opening game of the season, while both Johnson and Appiah featured in the Fleetwood game.
If the Carabao Cup tie was a test ahead of regular involvement, then Appiah surely passed with flying colours.
Named in the starting line-up, the 18-year-old put in an exciting performance and was one of the best players on the pitch for much of the game, despite fading late on.
Clearly, the teenager is highly thought of at the City Ground, having signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal in January, and the best way for him to develop is through first-team opportunities.
If he gets those, I back him to climb the pecking order at Forest. Joe Lolley looks certain to be a regular figure in Lamouchi’s side but outside of him, I don’t think there is a great deal of strength on the flanks.
Matty Cash is a good player but I think he may be hamstrung slightly by his own versatility.
Sammy Ameobi looks quite an unimaginative signing and it could be telling that he arrived before the new manager this summer, while, at 32, Albert Adomah is not the player he once was.
There is an opportunity for the England under-19 international to force himself into the manager’s plans.
At his best, Appiah is an electric winger and given the chance this season I think he could grow into a dangerous weapon for Lamouchi.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!