Sky Bet Championship outfit Nottingham Forest are a club that has a proud history of producing players using their own highly regarded academy.
Dipping into the ranks of the youth team is a tactic that the Reds have used with distinction over the years, whilst the money they have made from eventual sales of their own products has been gastronomical.
Academy Director Gary Brazil is one of the unsung heroes at the City Ground and he has worked wonders ensuring that the younger generation are good enough to eventually make the grade for the first-team.
In the last 24 hours Forest have offloaded young prospect Ben Brereton who has joined Blackburn on an initial loan spell with a permanent deal agreed for January and that hasn’t sat all too well with some of the club’s supporters.
Brereton’s departure itself perhaps hasn’t caused the most grief among the Forest faithful, especially given that he has netted just eight goals in 54 appearances for the club, but it is the fact that it sees the Reds cash in on yet another academy prospect before he has completely realised his true potential.
Aitor Karanka, however, is having none of that notion and has moved quickly to quash such a theory by announcing that another of the club’s promising youngsters will be involved when Newcastle United visit the City Ground in the EFL Cup.
“We have Cashy (Matty Cash) from the academy, we have Ben Osborn from the academy. There is still room for players from the academy to play their part here. I have said all along that young players will be important to this team.”
Arvin Appiah is a forward who, similar to Brereton, has set the youth leagues alight with his pace and eye for a goal and, according to the Nottingham Post, the Forest boss has penned him into his thoughts for the cup game.
With Matty Cash and Ben Osborn now firmly established as first-team regulars, the thought that Karanka isn’t willing to give the players Forest have nurtured themselves a chance does seem somewhat wide of the mark.
Appiah can also operate out wide on the flanks and with Brereton’s transfer dominating social media updates at the moment, a solid performance against Newcastle from the 17-year-old could leave the club’s disgruntled supporters asking the question of, Ben who?