Nottingham Forest may have been defeated by Coventry City in their opening match of the 2021-22 Championship season, but there were some reasons to be optimistic going forward.
Of course the Sky Blues’ late, late winner wasn’t written in the Reds’ script, however going forward Forest looked threatening on occasion and a big part of their attacks were Brennan Johnson and Alex Mighten.
It is Johnson who has sprung into the limelight recently after his loan spell at Lincoln City and he marked his seasonal debut with an assist for Lyle Taylor, and Mighten will be hoping to have a similar impact going forward.
19-year-old Mighten has been the shining light of Forest’s youngsters since his breakthrough into the senior ranks in 2020, but when Chris Hughton initially arrived last year at the City Ground he was reluctant to use the teenager at first.
The American though soon forced his way into Hughton’s plans and ended the 2020-21 campaign with 24 Championship appearances and three goals alongside those – and with no Sammy Ameobi or Anthony Knockaert he has a clear run in the first-team right now.
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According to The Athletic earlier this summer, a ‘clutch’ of Premier League clubs were monitoring his progress – and former Forest striker Nigel Jemson believes that if a big offer comes in for the youngster it may have to be considered for the good of the football club.
When asked if he expects Mighten to have a big impact at Forest this season, Jemson exclusively told Football League World: “I think Chris is the right manager to have that blend of experience and younger players – he’s not afraid to push them in there.
“Nottingham Forest is a great club and always has been a good club for giving the youngsters a chance if they’re good enough.
“We have been selling a few on recently but everyone’s got a price and we all know that now – look at Jack Grealish for example – so if a massive offer comes along, then the club will have to look at it.
“And as long as they invest the money of that into the first team squad, then it could be good for the player and it could be good for the football club.
“Hopefully he’ll stop and have a good run in the team this year and show people what a talent he is.”