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Hughton comments on Dale Taylor amid impressive form for U23s

Boss Chris Hughton has been keeping tabs on the progress of Nottingham Forest youngster Dale Taylor – but says the teenager isn’t yet ready for the step up to the first-team.

The teenage forward signed a professional deal with the Reds in December, having initially made the move to the City Ground from Northern Irish side Linfield last summer.

He has made a good impression since his switch, picking up plenty of game time for Forest’s Under-18s and going on to play for the Under-23s.

Last month, he caught the eye with a superb individual goal for the latter in a 2-1 defeat against Cardiff City.


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In a match played at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground, Taylor picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and skipped through a number of challenges, before unleashing a fierce shot into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Hughton has not been afraid to give young players such as Alex Mighten and Will Swan, as well as Manchester United loanee James Garner, a chance this season.

But he says patience is needed when it comes to 17-year-old Taylor.

“My initial gut feeling is he’s probably not quite ready to be around the first-team, only because he’s a younger one,” Hughton told NottinghamshireLive.

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“I have seen him. We had a training game with the 23s and I saw him play at Notts County’s ground.

“But he’s a younger one, and we’d probably need to see a fair bit more of him.

“But it’s certainly good to see any young players doing well, because as a club, we have to show that interest and have to show there is hopefully that pathway.”

Taylor made his senior debut for Linfield aged just 15 and made a handful of appearances before joining Forest, who are said to have beaten off interest from Leeds United to secure his signature.

He has captained Northern Ireland at Under-17 level and joined in a training camp for the Under-19s during the most recent international break, last month.

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