Nottingham Forest have been one of the biggest strugglers in the Championship all-season but in Ben Brereton, they’ve certainly found an emerging star who seems to have what it takes to make it at the top.
The 17-year-old has been granted passage into the first-team thanks to the departure of Nicklas Bendtner and Ross McCormack’s continued struggles to find form.
And in hindsight, he’s a a player that really should be performing to a higher level than what we’ve seen but for young Brereton, it’s been a fantastic chance to prove to supporters that he’s the future at this club and it’s an opportunity he’s taken with both hands.
Despite only featuring ten times for the club, he’s scored three goals, including a vital last-gasp winner against Aston Villa.
That was the start of a journey that has launched him into the national media with many asking whether he could be set for a transfer this summer.
We saw rising Forest star Oliver Burke jump ship at the first attempt earlier this summer when RB Leipzig came in for the Scotland international and we very well might be about to see the same with Brereton too.
Hot English property is always popular amongst the countries biggest sides and there’s absolutely no reason why, in the future, Brereton shouldn’t be making that step up for the sake of his career.
But right now, the best place for his development is under Mark Warburton at the City Ground. They’re offering him regular first-team football at a level where there is plenty at stake.
For now, this is where he needs to be. A local(ish) lad playing infront of fans who think at times, he is the only shining light in what has been a poor season.
A future England star in the making? He well could be.