By Harvey Byrne
Philippe Montanier believes that striker Ben Brereton can follow in the footsteps of Oliver Burke – and become a £13million sensation.
Burke, 19, broke into the Forest first team in the last campaign where he played in 21 encounters scoring two goals and providing one assist.
He started the new season in sensational form, scoring four goals in seven fixtures and providing two assists, and persuaded Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig to spend £13million on him in the final days of the summer window.
Now Montanier has stated that Brereton, 17, could follow Burke’s lead if he maintains the progress that culminated in a stunning four-goal display in Forest Under-23s’ 5-0 demolition of QPR last week.
“If he gets stronger, he will only get better. During the week you will often integrate two or three young players into the training sessions,” said Montanier to the Nottingham Post.
“And that is a good option for us, with him, to progress him and to help him improve. He is not very old. He is 17. You have to be patient. Look at Oliver Burke and how quickly he improved physically and as a player, in a short space of time. You have to give them time.
“Young players can improve their level and then they can play a part in your squad. There are others too, we have Toby Edser who looks like a very promising midfielder. He is technically good, but he is another who must physically develop.”
Montanier took charge of the Midlands side in the summer following three years with French side Rennes.
He has took charge of 14 matches, which has seen five wins, three draws and six losses.
The club are currently sat in 18th place in the league and they face a tie against sixth placed Birmingham on Friday.
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