The Chris Hughton era at Nottingham Forest is well and truly underway.
The former Brighton manager has taken charge of two league games so far and he has managed to avoid defeat in each of those, dragging Forest out of a troubling run that had seen them lose seven games in a row since July.
Hughton’s impact hasn’t only been on the pitch, he’s managed to attract one of his former star players as Anthony Knockaert joined the East Midlands outfit on deadline day, but this signing seems to have had a negative effect on one young star at the club.
Alex Mighten looked ready to become a bona fide first-teamer at Forest this term, appearing in each of the club’s first four league games this term, but since Hughton’s arrival he’s not seen a single minute of action and once Knockaert gets up to speed he’ll find it even harder to get a game, and that’s a real shame.
Mighten looked set to become a regular for the Reds under Sabri Lamouchi, but now his chances look likely to be limited going forward, and he faces an uphill task to get in ahead of Knockaert, a former Championship Player of the Year winner, or Forest’s 2019 Player of the Year, Joe Lolley.
The 18-year-old has been touted to have a bright future with Gary Brazil waxing-lyrical about him over the summer.
“Alex is now developing into the elite footballer we all hoped he would become,” he said. “Brave, exciting, self-confident, single minded, he has all the ingredients to go a long way in the game.”
Hopefully, Mighten can still reach his potential, but playing senior football is key to any young player’s development and he may find minutes hard to come by after Hughton and Knockaert’s arrival at the City Ground.
All he can do is continue to impress in training and hope that Hughton takes a punt on him.