Nottingham Forest boss reveals Ben Osborn's biggest strength

Stuart Pearce has praised the mentality and character of Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn.

20-year-old Osborn has featured in 11 Forest games this season, starting six, having broken onto the scene last term.

An academy prospect who has been with the club since the age of nine, he made his first-team debut for the club at the tail-end of the last campaign, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town. One month later, the promising England youth international penned a new five-year contract with the club, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Starting the current season in the first-team set-up, Osborn benefitted from the injuries to Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan, fast-tracking his route to the starting XI, and featuring as a substitute in three of Forest first four league fixtures. Impressive performances were rewarded with starts in the League Cup, before making his first Championship start of the season in the 5-3 victory over Fulham in September.

Despite his rise to prominence, he has been in-and-out of the starting XI since then, with manager Stuart Pearce struggling to find his best line-up during a run of nine games without victory, but Pearce had nothing but praise for his young talent, claiming that the 20-year-old kept a level head during the poor run of form, allowing him to play his own game despite the pressure on the team.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, 52-year-old Pearce said: “He has real character and I am proud of him. That is the right word for me to use, I think. Proud.

“I have been very impressed with Ben, as a young man. His mentality to want to carry on doing the right things, when the pressure has been on the team is impressive.”

“No matter what was going on around him, he showed the character and determination. He was unshakable. He had the mentality to say 'do you know what, I am going to go and play my game, regardless of the pressure on this team’.

“Sometimes as a young man, you can do that. He has done himself no harm in my eyes, during my time at the club.”

Osborn will be looking to win his seventh start of the season when the Championship returns next week, with Forest travelling to high-flying Wolves on November 22.

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