Nottingham Forest starlet Arvin Appiah will no doubt be delighted to discover that his manager does not consider him to be “crap”.

Always nice to hear.

Well done young ‘un, you aren’t completely terrible at your job.

High praise indeed.

Martin O’Neill does have a certain way with words.

Working under Brian Clough for so many years has clearly rubbed off on him.

That should be embraced by one and all.

It helps to ensure that life is never dull and that there is always an amusing quip never too far away.

The latest to have left O’Neill’s lips concerns academy graduate Appiah.


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Questions have been asked of whether the 18-year-old can expect to get more game time.

Having made two substitute outings off the bench under Aitor Karanka, the youngster has not been seen since.

He has committed his future to Forest by penning a new long-term contract, but the present?

O’Neill has said in the Nottingham Post: “Arvin is a very good player. I know I keep saying this, but he is a terrific lad, for a start.

“I have seen a lot of terrific lads who are pretty crap players… but he is not only a terrific lad, he is also a terrific player.

“He has a proper chance of being a top quality football player.”

Great lad and not rubbish at football.

Two boxes ticked.

Will Appiah get the chance to prove those points, though, over the coming weeks?

With Forest still in the hunt for a top-six finish, is now the time to be experimenting?



O’Neill has made no secret of the fact that he has been learning on the job since returning to Trentside.

He has, however, been leaning on some experienced figures for support.

Appiah remains a relatively unknown quantity at senior level.

Potential is clear for all to see, but that is no guarantee of results.

Time is on his side and, now tied down to 2023, his day will undoubtedly come.

He is currently away on England U19 duty and is getting more useful game time under his belt.

His manager is aware of him and prepared to acknowledge his ability.

That bodes well.

Any day your manager suggests that you are not a waste of time and effort is a good day!