Three Forest youngsters who could break into the first-team next season

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We take a look at some of Nottingham Forest's brighter youth prospects.

With the season drawing to a close, managers across the Football League will already have one eye on their plans for next campaign.

Forest will be hoping that will be one where they are competing in the Premier League, but realistically, it appears that Championship football is more likely at the City Ground.

If that is the case, Forest's transfer embargo is likely to remain and they will be limited with the additions they can make in the summer transfer window.

It means that manager Dougie Freedman could be convinced to test out some of the club's more promising youngsters and in this piece we take a look at three who are close to making the grade. 

Jorge Grant

Grant has made some fleeting appearances for Forest's first-team this season, but unlike Ben Osborn he has been unable to stake a permanent claim for a place.

The 20-year-old broke through at a similar time to Osborn, but found his chances limited after not having quite as big an initial impression, despite scoring against Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup.

As a result, Grant has had to drop down back down to development squad level, but that does not mean that the club don't have high hopes for him.

Grant has been one of Forest's youth side's better performers this campaign and he will be in with a chance of becoming a permanent fixture in their senior squad next season. 

Oliver Burke

The 17-year-old already possesses skill well beyond his years and Freedman is seemingly a fan after handing him two appearances since taking charge.

Burke is currently out on loan at Bradford City and there is a feeling that this temporary spell is being used to get him ready for life in Forest's first-team next year. 

Tyler Walker

The youth prospect that Forest fans are most excited about, Walker has been hitting the back of the net with alarming regularity for the Reds' development side. 

There have already been calls for Walker to be called up for the first-team, but so far Freedman has only given him two brief tastes of senior football.

That tally looks set to increase next campaign, though, especially as Forest are without the clinical Britt Assombalonga for the foreseeable future.

The Reds are in need of a new goalscorer and the thought is that Walker could be the main to fill that void in their squad. 

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