18 goals already: Nottingham Forest sensation Virgil Gomis an exciting prospect to watch

General view inside the City Ground

Nottingham Forest teenager Virgil Gomis is a player to keep an eye on.

Nottingham Forest's youth academy has produced some gems through the years, and their production line shows no sign of slowing down.

Arguably the brightest gem developing in their ranks is young striker Virgil Gomis, who scored his 18th goal of the season this week.

General view inside the City GroundGeneral view inside the City Ground


These have come mainly for the under-18s side, but Gomis is showing he is capable of stepping up a level, getting on target for the under-23s in a 4-0 win over Crewe Alexandra this week.

Teammate Ben Brereton stole the show against Crewe, scoring twice, but Gomis' emergence could be just as significant.

He is a potentially special player with an eye for the spectacular, as demonstrated with this impressive overhead kick scored for the under-18s a year ago.

Gomis is just 17-years-old and Forest have no need to rush him, but as long as he keeps scoring at a prolific rate then he will start putting himself on the first team radar.

He signed for Forest two years ago at 15, after impressing in a regional championship in France where he had netted 24 goals in 18 matches.

In a week where Liverpool handed a debut to 17-year-old Ben Woodburn and watched him score in the League Cup against Leeds, Gomis' achievements are noteworthy.

He will surely surpass the 30 goal barrier with ease this season, and under compatriot Phillippe Montanier, Forest fans will hope he can realise his potential and the club keep him around.

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe MontanierNottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier

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