Commenting to Sky Sports, during their coverage of Forest’s match against Derby County last weekend, Pearce said that the time had come for the Reds to start picking their prized prospects.
Pearce feels that Forest do not have much left to play for this season, and he has encouraged Williams to back the club’s youngsters to make an impression.
“For me, the rest of the season should be about having a look at one or two youngsters,” Pearce said. “Oliver Burke came on [against Derby] and if they have one or two others in the academy, they should have a look at them.”
Williams has taken charge at Forest following the departure of Dougie Freedman, and he has stuck by his more experience players so far.
Forest picked up a draw in Williams’ first match in charge against high flying Hull City, but they were beaten 1-0 by Derby County last weekend.
The Reds are now stuck in a mid-table position in the Championship - comfortably clear of the relegation zone, but some way back from the play off spots.
Forest seem destined to be playing second tier football again next term, and with the pressure slightly reduced, it could be the perfect time for the Midlands club to start testing out some of their more promising prospects in the first-team set-up.