The Premier League and Championship clubs have a huge number of very talented players coming through their academy systems.
However, the perennial problem for these players is getting exposure in their first teams at a young age. Clubs tend to look to experienced, expensive, or foreign players rather than look to within their club.
However, one club’s rubbish is another club’s treasure, and Bundesliga clubs seem to be reaping the rewards of the English clubs’ negligence of their young talent.
Over the past few seasons, German clubs have signed a number of young players from England, either on loan or permanently, and they are invariably a success. This season, Jadon Sancho is in sensational form for Borussia Dortmund, scoring six goals and registering seven assists, despite being sold by Man City as he was surplus to requirements. Bayern Munich’s interest in Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi shows that the clubs are not relenting.
So when Miguel Delaney recently highlighted the players that are on the radar of German clubs in The Independent, Nottingham should have been paying attention.
That is because 18-year-old Forest forward Arvin Appiah is a target. The England under-18 international is capable of playing on either wing, although predominantly a right-winger, and is turning heads with his electric pace and footwork. However, he has only been able to manage two appearances this season, one in the League Cup and one in the Championship. However, he did manage to score in his cup appearance.
It is unclear whether new Forest manager Martin O’Neill will give Appiah a chance, but it does seem unlikely. With Forest hunting down a play-off place, they will probably be unwilling to risk playing Appiah, which is effectively the reason why every club overlooks their young players.
The Bundesliga would be a great place for Appiah to showcase his talents, and Forest could loan him out, hoping he gets exposure to the highest level of football.
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