Nottingham Forest ended their six-game winless run by beating Cardiff City 1-0 yesterday and many Reds fans were left impressed by 18-year-old Alex Mighten.
The teenager has started to establish himself in the Forest side this term and made his ninth Championship start of the season last night.
It was a different Forest young player, James Garner, that swept in the decisive goal in the 29th minute but Mighten’s display deserves recognition as well.
The forward proved a constant nuisance on the left flank, with his direct running and pace hard to handle.
Mighten won nine of his 12 ground duels, was successful with 80% of his dribbles, and had two shots blocked (Sofascore).
But the Reds had to do their share of defending as well and the academy product proved his quality out of possession, making two clearances, two tackles, and one interception.
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The forward looks set for a bright future and with his current deal running until 2025, it seems a fair bit of that could play out at the City Ground.
He’s popular among the Forest faithful already, with many taking to Twitter to voice their excitement after his performance yesterday.
Read their reaction here:
I thought Tyler Blackett was very good today. Probably Mighten's best game in a Forest shirt as well 👏 #nffc
— #HughtonOut (@4evaNFFC) April 2, 2021
People can have their opinions on Alex Mighten but he is the type of player you go to watch football for. Everytime he gets the ball, gets you watching a bit more. The more he plays, the better he will get. #NFFC
— ReissNFFC (@ReissNFFC) April 2, 2021
#nffc Mighten is class to me and will only get better the back four we're a wall COYR
— jamesNffc (@jshanghai2002) April 2, 2021
I've said it before , but Alex mighten has to stay in the side ,he adds another dimension to our team , its good to see a player with his enthusiasm taking players on instead of the usual square pass , backwards pass , run forward then pass it back to the area you ran from type
— Rob Churchill (@NFFC_FanGroup) April 2, 2021
Big win,the back 4 were outstanding great to see worrall and Mckenna play together again,Mighten is getting better the more opportunities he gets. #nffc
— Derek Emmonds (@Emmo65) April 2, 2021
WHAT A WIN!! McKenna + Worrall is a dream. Mighten is the future. Let's build for 2021-22.
— Alladge Gervens (@janetjenkins52) April 2, 2021
Ameobi and mighten brilliant out wide. Solid defensively. Cafu not a 10. Either straight swap for krov or drop back Cafu for Yates and bring krov #nffc
— Crypto (@Crypto42564537) April 2, 2021
I really hope Mighten isn’t the next youngster to leave Forest.
At times this season he has been the driving force in the final third to create chances. Time to build around him. #NFFC
— Ethan Lamb (@ethanlamb01) April 2, 2021