16-year-old gem now named the best Nottingham Forest talent ahead of Cormac Daly

Kristian Clarke has been named as the best youngster at Nottingham Forest right now. The player has been name-checked ahead of other individuals during a new compilation.

Forest have a star-studded academy and many view the Reds as one of the teams to look up to in terms of young players. Clarke has now been named as someone who is making big strides.

The youngster operates as a central midfielder and can also play on the right-hand side of midfield, showcasing his versatility when called upon for the under-18 ranks.

Clarke named as the best Forest youngster right now

The Guardian have today released their Next Generation 2023 list, naming the best youngster at each Premier League club born between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2007.

Forest fans might have felt that someone like Cormac Daly might have been the man chosen. However, the man signed from Hamilton recently has been omitted by journalist Will Unwin.

Speaking about Clarke, he claimed in The Guardian: “The teenager arrived at Forest from Exeter as a 12-year-old and has continued to make progress. Last season he was part of an impressive pairing alongside George Hemmings, who decided to leave the club.



“Clarke has all the attributes to make him a fine central midfielder – he is very mobile, quick over short distances and comfortable on the ball. Furthermore, he will not shy away from a tackle, a decent treat for a central midfielder.”


Clarke will be keen to fulfill his potential at the City Ground

Although it’s early days for the youngster just yet, he does seem like a very useful player to have on the books. He has made a few appearances this season and picked up a yellow card on the opening day against Liverpool.


Under the watchful eye of some quality coaches behind the scenes at the academy, he could really kick on. He will be buoyed by the opportunities that young players are getting with the under-21s and that will help his development

Clarke will need to stay grounded at Forest. Right now, however, all of the signs point to the central midfielder being one to watch at the City Ground for the future.


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