Ben Brereton's scored one goal since Spurs and Everton links emerged

Nottingham Forest's English striker Ben Brereton (R) celebrates scoring the penalty and the team's third goal with Nottingham Forest's English midfielder Kieran Dowell (L) and Nottingham...

A report in January suggested that Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were both interested in Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton.

Ben Brereton of Nottingham Forest scores his team's third goal from the penalty spot during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on...

Amidst the jubilation, Nottingham Forest fans must have been slightly concerned shortly after they knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup in stunning fashion back in January when a report from the Daily Mail suggested that Tottenham and Everton were amongst the sides to regularly scout Ben Brereton.

Brereton is the brightest talent coming through at the City Ground and appears to be destined for a future at the highest level. And after playing such a vital role in embarrassing the Gunners, it appeared that Forest may struggle to get through the January transfer window with the 18-year-old still in their ranks.

Nottingham Forest's English striker Ben Brereton (R) celebrates scoring the penalty and team's third goal during the English FA Cup third round football match between Nottingham Forest and...

However, based on his form since that day, perhaps it may not be out of the question to suggest that Forest may have little problem getting through the summer with Brereton still their player, despite the Premier League interest.

Unfortunately, the teenager's form has taken a significant dip lately and the striker now has one goal in his last 10 for Aitor Karanka's side, meaning that his current tally for the season stands at four goals in 30 in all competitions.

Ben Brereton (bottom) of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring his team's third goal from the penalty spot with Matthew Cash (top) and Kieran Dowell (L) during The Emirates FA Cup Third...

Brereton's potential is undeniable, but his current form just suggests that he needs to be taken out of the firing line for a couple of games and that he may not be ready for the step up to the top flight just yet.

If the likes of Tottenham and Everton are convinced about pursuing the youngster, then this summer may be the perfect time to move if his form continues as it currently is, as it seems more than likely that they will have a clearer path to his signature while he is struggling.

However, Spurs and the Toffees may well feel that they may need to see more from him, and that may benefit Forest, who require a miracle to reach the play-off places this season. 

Not losing Brereton this summer will undoubtedly be a boost to their promotion hopes for next season. And if Karanka's men can get promoted next year, perhaps the potential opportunity to join Everton or Spurs will not be as appealing to the academy graduate.

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