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19th Dec, 2016 | 1:32pm

A pass master: This Nottingham Forest ace is 2016 most improved player of the year

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Football Insider picks Nottingham Forest’s most improved player of 2016.

Ben Osborn has been Forest’s most improved player of the year after matching the number of assists he produced in the entirety of last season during the 2016-17 campaign.

The 22-year-old star has been an effervescent performer in Philippe Montanier’s side this season, despite the two-time European Champions currently stuttering in the bottom half of the Championship.

Producing five assists during his 38 league and cup appearances last season, Forest’s number 22-year-old has been given free reign this season.

Providing the creative spark in an out-of-form side, Osborn has already provided another five assists this time round in 12 less games against the likes of Leeds, Birmingham and Ipswich.

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With a low centre of gravity, Osborn is able to keep close control of the ball as he glides past opponents. Possessing an eye for goal and an impressive sense of vision, Osborn has been Montanier’s most creative player this season.

After losing Oliver Burke to ambitious Bundesliga star RB Leipzig, Forest must do their utmost to keep Osborn at the City Ground.

However, with Forest languishing in the second tier, Osborn could be tempted to leave with plenty of clubs likely to be monitoring his progression under former Real Sociedad boss Montanier.

Since his debut against Ipswich in March 2014, Osborn has gone on to make 110 league and cup appearances for the Championship giants and has a contract with Forest until the summer of 2020.

In other Nottingham Forest news, this is the Forest player of the year for 2016.