Ben Brereton has been writing all sorts of headlines for Nottingham Forest this season and the fact he’s only 17, speaks volume to the hysteria he’s creating in the Championship right now.
Rarely do we see 17-year-old strikers conduct themselves in the manner that he does – effortlessly moving between defenders and into the last third.
We’ve seen him score on three occasions already in his Forest career, once being a crucial strike to see of Aston Villa 2-1 at the City ground.
But as with any young prospect, the chance of them being poached by bigger clubs at this level is high and as we saw with Oliver Burke, if the money is offered, it’s difficult for clubs like Nottingham Forest to turn down these types of offers.
But one side that should certainly be keeping an eye on Brereton and his continued progress is Aston Villa, who showed in both the summer and winter transfer windows that they will splash the cash in order to get back into the Premier League.
We’ve seen some cracking signings at Villa Park, with the likes of James Bree and Jonathan Kodjia both doing well since coming in, whilst we’ve seen others slump when given the chance.
Brereton is a raw talent – a rough gem in the making that still needs continued development.
Granted he’s been good in the first team when given the chance but there are still aspects of his game that need working on, if he’s going to go on and be a real class act.
But we’ve seen young players be given a chance at Villa over the past few months and there’s little doubt that Steve Bruce will be overhauling the squad this summer.
There’s plenty of deadwood to come out of this Aston Villa side and adding exciting, hard-working and clearly talented players like Brereton is a fantastic way to build up a squad, not only for now but for the future too.