Why 17-year-old Scotland star Kyle McAllister should choose Nottingham Forest over Sunderland

Rangers' James Tavernier (L) in action with St Mirren's Kyle McAllister (R)

A relegation dogfight in the Premier League or the Championship club with a penchant for bringing through young players?

If the prospect of making your name at one of the most historic clubs in English football and two time European Cup winners isn’t enough then maybe St Mirren youngster Kyle McAllister should consider this; players under the age of 22 have tallied 65 first-team league appearances between them at Nottingham Forest this season.

Manager Philippe Montanier’s refreshing commitment to youth meant he maintained a positive relationship with a large majority of the club’s usually dissatisfied fans when results took a dramatic downwards turn earlier in the season, with the likes of Matty Cash and Joe Worrall given enhanced roles in the first-team this season.

Nottingham Forest's Matty Cash

And, let’s not forget, this is a man who helped Asier Illarramendi and a certain Antoine Griezmann through the formative steps of their footballing journeys at Real Sociedad.

And while we’re not suggesting 17-year-old Scotsman McAllister has a big move to Madrid on the horizon, the talented winger could do worse than to take up Forest’s offer as he aims to prove exactly why he is one of his nation’s most exciting young talents.

According to the Daily Mail, the Scotland Under-17 international, who can flit between either wing or the number ten role, has also enticed fluttering glances from perennial Premier League strugglers Sunderland.

Rangers' James Tavernier (L) in action with St Mirren's Kyle McAllister (R)

And, while the prospect of top flight exposure would prove understandably tempting, Sunderland’s youth record is miserly at best despite the impressive recent strides made by Jordan Pickford, Duncan Watmore and Lyndon Gooch.

Furthermore, the blood-boiling pressure of a relegation fight is hardly the ideal environment for a precocious, 17-year-old teenager to settle into.

Therefore, even if the Forest fans are rather unsatisfied with the club’s present, they can at least look forward to its future.

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