Stuart Pearce full of praise for Nottingham Forest youngster Ben Osborn

Ben Osborn’s performance against Derby County in the Championship on Saturday impressed Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has been singing the praises of Ben Osborn on the club’s official website.

Osborn is enjoying a breakthrough season for Forest and has established himself as one of the key players in the team.

The 20-year-old midfielder has scored one goal and created 28 chances in 18 Championship appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 79% and winning 39% of the duels.

The youngster was once again in good form on Saturday, when Forest staged a 2-1 comeback victory over East Midlands rivals Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

Osborn scored the winning goal in injury time in the Championship clash to ensure that the Nottingham-based side return to winning ways in style.

Peace is full of praise for the youngster and told Forest’s official website: “He’s played central midfield for the most part of this season but we just felt he could operate well for us on the left.

“I thought he did that well last week and that he delivered a grade-ten performance working up and down the left-hand side. Credit to him, to unload a finish like that at the end...we’re delighted for him.”

Osborn has been a bright spark in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Forest, and perhaps his goal against Derby will revitalise the team’s top-six chances.

Forest are currently 12th in the Championship table with 34 points from 26 matches, 10 points behind sixth-placed Watford.

It will not be easy for Pearce and his players to claw their way up the table, but with Osborn in good form and team spirit high again, anything’s possible.

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