Tyrese Fornah said that it is still a dream for him after he made his first-team debut for Nottingham Forest on the weekend against Chelsea.
The young midfielder came off the bench in the FA Cup against The Blues on Sunday but was back on the pitch yesterday afternoon as the Under 23s secured a victory against Burnley at The City Ground to return to the top of the league table.
“The last few days have been great for me and some of the boys in the academy,” Fornah said after the game. “It is a dream really, I still wake up and think did it really happen.
“We had to be professional and get the win against Burnley who are a great side. They have won most of their games so it is about being composed and trusting ourselves to win the game, which we did. “
Fornah was one of 10 academy graduates in the matchday squad on the weekend, joining Yassine En-Neyah in making their first-team debut as both came off the substitutes’ bench.
The 20-year-old came on to the pitch to test himself against some of the best players in the country and the continent, a challenge that he relished and is hungry for more.
He said: “Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Being a midfielder, you look at the likes of Jorginho and Barkley, these are world-class players. So for the gaffer to trust me and put me on was a dream.
“I woke up the next day and I still couldn’t believe it happened. I just have to thank God and I had to believe in myself when I came on. I tried to do my job and I hope the gaffer was okay with my performance.
“There were nerves, I’m not the type to get nervous but my dad and my brother were in the crowd. They have seen my journey to here today but there is more to come from myself and the boys in the academy. We just have to keep working hard and keep doing what the gaffer wants us to do.
“It was brilliant to see Yassine play as well. Since I came to the club, I have lived with him in the same digs so seeing one of my best mates come through the ranks and to make our debut at the same time, it is the stuff of dreams.”