Nottingham Forest utility man Ben Osborn reached 200 appearances in the famous red when he took his place in Aitor Karanka’s starting line-up for Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw over Millwall on Trentside.
Forest were quite clearly worse off when Osborn departed the action on Wednesday evening, with the Lions notching both goals which salvaged a share of the spoils after his substitution.
Very few players divide opinion among Forest supporters quite like Osborn, but at 24 it is a mightily impressive achievement to reach such a milestone in terms of games played for the club.
Since making his debut in 2014, Osborn has gone on to perform in a number of different positions for Forest, but it has not really been until this season where he has started to come of age somewhat.
The Forest academy graduate has always drawn praise from supporters for his work rate and determination but some cynics have suggested during previous seasons that he doesn’t offer a great deal to the team aside from his undoubted ability to put a shift in.
During the summer Forest set about recruiting several new players, making it particularly vital that Osborn stepped up his game, as he bid to maintain a starting spot in Karanka’s team and the early evidence suggests he is now one of the boss’ most integral performers this season.
According to football website Who Scored, Osborn has a decent pass success rate of in excess of 75% this season and he has performed admirably during spells at left-back at the start of the campaign, whilst recently he has been handed the chance to shine in a more natural attacking position.
Despite his unpopularity with some sections of the City Ground faithful there is little to deny that his form this season has been very good indeed.
With Karanka trying to blend together a squad full of new players, it will naturally delight even the most cynical of Forest supporters that he is still offering young academy graduates the chance to establish themselves as key components of his team.