With the wretched form that Nottingham Forest find themselves in, Chris Hughton is no doubt desperately searching for some source of inspiration to try and change their fortunes around.
Their run over the past few weeks in the Championship has been wretched to say the least, losing four times and picking up just one point from their last five matches.
That stretch of games has also seen them fail to hit the back of the net even once, and that surely is the most pressing concern for Hughton and his staff.
And whilst that may be a lot of pressure to thrust on a young man’s shoulders, Forest must surely consider unleash one of the brightest prospects on their books: Alex Mighten.
The 18-year-old featured in the first four games of the new Championship season, but hasn’t been since, which is a crying shame.
Speaking after he signed a new contract earlier in the summer, Forest’s academy manager Gary Brazil waxed lyrical about the teenager’s abilities.
Alex is now developing into the elite footballer we all hoped he would become. Brave, exciting, self confident, single minded, he has all the ingredients to go a long way in the game. He is another quality outcome from a group of staff that continue to punch above their weight. https://t.co/yGoQvauC2O
— Gary Brazil (@GazBraz) August 24, 2020
Former Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi was equally fulsome in his praise of the young winger, saying: “With Alex, he’s a future talent. To sign a future talent is just to send the right message to the players. If we know he’s a talented player, the opponents, the whole team, they know that.
“So, we are lucky to work with him, and the trip is long for him – but step-by-step, last season, we gave him small time and small chances. The idea is to give him more chances and more time to play.”
Since Hughton has come in however, that simply hasn’t been the case. But with Forest up against it at the moment, and Anthony Knockaert really struggling himself, he could find a real spark in one of the club’s brightest young talents.