Nottingham Forest are set to offer one of their brightest young prospects a new long-term contract. 

The Reds have promoted numerous players from the academy in recent years, including current first-team regulars Ben Osborn and Matty Cash.

One player who appears next to make the leap into Championship football is winger Arvin Appiah.

According to the Nottingham Post, Appiah could be set to sign a new long-term contract at the City Ground.

This would help fend off apparent interest from top flight clubs, in the short-term at least.

A huge prospect

The 17-year-old made his Championship debut late on against Leeds, with his only other appearance coming against Burton in the Carabao Cup.

Despite his lack of first-team action, there is a lot of excitement around Appiah’s potential.

 

Aitor Karanka believes he can become a top player, saying in the Nottingham Post: “He will keep taking little steps.

“My message to everyone is to keep calm, because he has an amazing future.

“He loves to be here at the club and I hope he will be an important player in the future, for Forest.”

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Tough to make the breakthrough

It was always going to be tough for Appiah to make his first-team breakthrough this season.

Karanka is under significant pressure from the club’s hierarchy to deliver promotion, something which was always going to limit opportunities for young players.

However, Appiah can use the likes of Osborn and Cash as motivation.

With an encounter against Chelsea on the horizon, Appiah will be hoping another opportunity is just around the corner.