Nottingham Forest’s young midfielder Ben Osborn has targeted a place in “Stuart Pearce’s thoughts” for the 2014-15 campaign.The 19 year old enjoyed a consistent run in the team towards the end of the season after Gary Brazil handed him his first-team debut away at Ipswich Town.
And Osborn, who seized the opportunity with some impressive performances, is determined to prove his worth to Pearce when he takes over the managerial reins in July.
Osborn said: “The game-time I got before the end of the season has given me a massive kick on. I want to be in Pearce’s thoughts for next season so I need to come back fit and ready to push on.
“I’ve heard Pearce wants 100% effort and that he’s a believer in youth. He’s always trying to push English players forward and he likes to see people progress. There’ll be no one better in the league at managing young English players.
“His return is going to give all the fans a lift and that’s going to rub off on to the players. Promotion is definitely the target.”
While Osborn’s potential was clear to see in his eight senior appearances last season, he recognises the need to improve specific elements of his play.
He said: “If I could add a couple of goals to my game that would be great. I get in and around the box and play off the striker sometimes, but my goal tally isn’t the best.
“But since I’ve made the step up to the senior squad I’d say I’ve improved considerably on the ball. You have to do everything that little bit quicker. There are no hiding places when you’re playing first-team football, no one gives you a minute’s peace because there’s so much at stake.”
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