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Alex Mighten out to prove he can shine for Forest ‘here and now’

At the age of just 18, Alex Mighten has often been tipped for a bright future at Nottingham Forest.

But the youngster is having none of it – he’s ready to shine here and now.

It has been a real breakthrough season for the winger. He picked up a handful of appearances last term, but this time around has been more regularly involved.

He has already played more than double the amount of games he did in 2019/20 (21 compared to 10) and has weighed in with three goals so far.

Mighten acknowledges he is still learning and developing, but believes that shouldn’t be a barrier to making his mark whenever he gets out on the pitch.


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“I know what I’m capable of. I know I’ve not shown fully what I’m capable of,” said the Nigel Doughty Academy product. “I don’t really think of time as a factor, I just try to show what I can do every game.

“I don’t really see it as, ‘I’ve got time’. I just see it as, ‘it’s now’.

“People say, ‘he’s one for the future’. But I’m focused on now. I’m focused on wanting to show everyone what I can do now.

“I’m confident in my ability, confident in where I am and where I’m going to end up.

“I’m not trying to hold myself back for the future, I’m trying to focus on proving to everyone what I can do now.”

He is still having to be patient, though.

With competition for places and Forest battling at the bottom end of the table for much of this campaign, boss Chris Hughton has rotated his attacking players – meaning Mighten has been in and out of the XI at times.

He has started the last three games, however, and found the net for the third time this season in Monday’s 3-1 dismantling of QPR.

“Patience is a big part of the game,” said Mighten. “The chance isn’t just going to come to me. I’ve got to go and get it, go and earn it.

“When I’ve played this season, I’ve really enjoyed it – no matter the result or my performance, I’ve just enjoyed being out there.

“Every time I get the opportunity, I just try to enjoy myself and try to improve.

“Of course I want to play as much as possible, everyone in the squad does. But it’s not always going to be possible.

“You’ve just got to wait for the opportunity and take it when it comes.

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That’s all it takes, so why are you waiting?

“I’m just focused on myself, and that benefits the team.

“It’s out of my hands what the gaffer is thinking. But when I get the chance, I’ve just got to prove to everyone what I can do and show what I’m about.”

If he does want to become a regular starter and take his game to the next level, Mighten knows he needs to keep performing to a certain standard week in, week out.

“I need to work on my consistency – keep doing the right things and keep performing. That comes with getting a run of games,” he said.

“I’ve just got to be patient and keep working hard in that respect.

“It’s hard when you’re playing, then you’re not, then you’ve got to go out and play again.

“I want to build on my performances, then hopefully get a run of games and see where I am then.



Alex Mighten celebrates with Cyrus Christie after scoring for Nottingham Forest against QPR
Alex Mighten celebrates with Cyrus Christie after scoring for Nottingham Forest against QPR

“It’s been a good season for me, personally. Building up my game time was the main thing for me, and just seeing where I’m at.

“It’s been good to be involved with the team and continue to show what I’m capable of.

“I’ll never be content or over the moon with myself at this stage right now, because I’m still developing and still expecting a lot from myself. That’s just the way I am and the person I am.

“But I’m really, really happy to be playing with this team and this group of players.

“That’s got to be my highlight, just being involved on the stage I always wanted to be on.

“I’m really happy. There’s nowhere I’d rather be right now. This club is special for me and my family.

“But I’ll never be too comfortable. I’ll always want to strive for more and try to improve – that’s the mindset I need to have at this stage.”

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