Young Nottingham Forest trio Jorge Grant, Oliver Burke and Tyler Walker are hopeful of a big crowd for this week’s Premier League Cup match.Forest’s Under 21s take on their Wigan counterparts at The City Ground on Wednesday night (click here for more information) and Grant, Burke and Walker spoke to Forest Player to preview the clash.
Midfielder Grant, who celebrated his first-team debut with a goal away at Tottenham last month, said: “Some people might think the Under 21s isn’t important, but we’re the players coming up and we want people to come to the game and cheer us on.
“It helps a lot when you have a crowd behind you and obviously it’s going to be a disadvantage for the other team. It’d be great if people could come down.”
Burke and Walker both see the match as an opportunity to prove what they can do in front of a big audience.
The former, who came off the bench at White Hart Lane after beginning the season with Kevin MacDonald’s Under 18s group, said: “It shows that you’re capable of playing in front of thousands of people – that you’re ready for that next step.
“The bigger the crowd the better you’re going to play because you’re more buzzing for the game.”
Walker, who has been involved in first-team circles for some time now, added: “It’s a big stage and it gives the gaffer and the first-team coaches a chance to look at you when you’re under pressure in front of the fans.”
Click here to watch the full interview with the trio, in which they recall a memorable trip to White Hart Lane, outline their hopes for the future and explain how a Charles Dickens-related mix-up earned Burke the nickname Twisty.