Nottingham Forest coach: This Liverpool target is the best his age

Fulham Craven Cottage

Brian Eastick has praised Fulham’s Patrick Roberts as Forest prepare to face the Cottagers this evening.

The West Londoner’s travel to Nottingham to face Forest this evening, with the two clubs at opposite ends of the Championship table.

Fulham have yet to win a game this season, picking up just one point from six games, whilst the Reds are looking to reclaim top spot, having remained undefeated for the early part of the season.

Both clubs had large spending summer transfer windows, with Fulham breaking the record for a transfer between two Championship clubs with the signing of Ross McCormack from Leeds, whilst Forest broke their own transfer record to sign Britt Assombalonga from League One Peterborough United for a fee of roughly £5.5 million.

The goalscoring exploits of both players have mirrored the fortunes of their clubs, with McCormack failing to find the net as Fulham have struggled, whilst Assombalonga has scored five times in six games to shoot Forest to the top of the table.

Whilst the Cottagers have been struggling, Forest first-team coach Brian Eastick - who worked with Stuart Pearce in the England set-up - has remained adamant that they will pick up a point in the near future, with facing them a tough proposition.

He told the official Forest website: “Fulham are going to win a football match sooner rather than later. They’re going to be dangerous opponents in a different way to Derby.”

The Cottagers underwent massive upheaval during the summer, releasing a number of players and promoting first-team starters from their own youth academy. Whilst the action is honourable, the youngsters have yet to come to terms with the Championship, but Eastick confirmed that the young players do have talent - having seen many of them play at youth level.

He continued: “They have had a high turnover of players which is inevitable when you get relegated from the Premier League, but they’ve got some very good young players."

“Patrick Roberts, who I saw play for England at 16 and 17, is probably the best player in his age band.”

17-year old Roberts has made five appearances for the Cottagers this season, including two starts, and has assisted one of the three goals Fulham have scored. He was a key player as Fulham reached the FA Youth Cup Final last season, scoring in the second leg of the final, which was eventually won by Chelsea. He has been linked with moves to a number of top Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, but it looks as if he will remain at Craven Cottage for the immediate future, with first-team football a guarantee.

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