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‘Fantastic’: Cyrus Christie admits he hates facing ‘unorthodox’ teenager in Forest training

Nottingham Forest defender Cyrus Christie has told The Athletic that Alex Mighten is a nightmare to play against in training.

The youngster scored his second goal for the Reds in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at the City Ground.

His first came at Millwall earlier in the season and he’s come of age this season.

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Saturday was his seventh start in the Championship during 2020/21 and some supporters still believe he is underused.

Christie has spoken recently of the academy star’s quality, raving about the stuff he produces in training.

He told The Athletic: Alex gives you a different dynamic. He is unorthodox. You do not know what he is going to do. He is tricky and so lively.

You hate playing against him in training when you perhaps don’t feel 100 per cent but he’s operating at 120 per cent.

He has been fantastic. He has not let his head drop. Joe Lolley is the same. That is what you need in any side; that competition.

You need players to always be pushing and Alex is.

How far can Mighten go?

The sky really is the limit as far as the talented forward goes – and hopefully he has plenty of years at Forest ahead of him.

Mighten is arguably the best youngster to emerge for many years and he’s improving with each game.

The 18-year-old was lively once he had settled on Saturday, with his pace and trickery a constant thorn in Blackburn’s side.

Mighten is another fine example of the work being done at Forest when it comes to younger players.

Cyrus Christie
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The winger hasn’t gone on loan and being part of the first-team this season is clearly working wonders.

Mighten has plenty of time left to continue his development and Chris Hughton must be excited at his potential.

Forest’s squad could have a completely different outlook next season.

Plenty of players are out of contract and although Hughton might look to enter the transfer market, some emphasis will be placed on youth.

That will certainly bode well for Mighten…

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