Pearce: Now is the time for these two Forest prospects to step-up

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says that Ben Osborn and Jorge Grant need to take their opportunity over the coming weeks.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes that Ben Osborn and Jorge Grant are ready to make the step-up to the first-team.

The two academy-prospects have been handed some fleeting appearances over recent weeks and have impressed during their time on the pitch.

Pearce is now urging the two to take their chance and prove to him that they are ready for regular first-team action.

With Andy Reid out injured the club are currently on the search for midfielders, but he wants his two young prospects to stave off the need to make investments in January.

"If I was a young player in the squad right now, I might be thinking that this could be an opportunity for me," he said to the Nottingham Post. 

"If I was an Osborn or a Grant, I might view this as being an opportunity to get myself into the first team.

"We are aware we do need to supplement the squad in the loan market, if we can. But we believe we have the quality in the squad otherwise, if we cannot make that happen."

If the two do prove to be first-team regulars then the rest of their squad have set high standards for them.

Forest are still unbeaten this season and have established themselves as one of the favourites for promotion. 

It means that there can be no adapting period afforded to anybody coming into the first-team, as every point will be crucial to the side.

This weekend Forest will be looking to keep their fine form up against Cardiff City, before facing Watford and Pearce believes it will be a good marker as to where his side are this season.

He said: "They are going to be two tough games, because they are away from home, for a start. They are also against teams we feel will be in the top six.

"It will be a good indication of where we are and where they are. We are looking forward to the games and rightly so. Anyone who takes us on at the moment will know that they have been in a tough match.

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