By Matt Farr

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Stephen Henderson insists youngster Ben Brereton can reach the top level.

The 17-year-old had a defining impact in Nottingham Forest’s priceless 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday, coming off the bench to net the game’s winning goal.

It was the youngster’s very first senior goal for the club, but his team-mate Henderson insists that it could be the start of something very special.

The Nottingham Post claim that Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United are both interested in acquiring Nottingham Forest’s latest young talent, with scouts present at the City Ground on Saturday to watch him in action.

Speaking to the Post, Henderson was not surprised at the interest, but hinted that any offer made for his services would have to be an exceptional one.

He said: “Ben has been superb. He can go right to the top in my opinion.

“He has great people around him but he will get a lot of attention now because of his age and because of his ability.

“But if anyone wants to sign him, I imagine they are going to have to get their cheque book out and come up with something serious. Because he is going to be a good player.”

Brereton is not the first youngster to break into the first-team setup at Nottingham Forest and make an impact.

Matty Cash, 19, has become a midfield mainstay at the club this term, after breaking into the setup on the opening day of the season.

His former team-mate Oliver Burke, meanwhile, also made a considerable impression at the club, before moving to RB Leipzig in a £13million deal in the summer.

The 19-year-old Scotland international scored four goals from his five Championship appearances at the start of the season.

In other Nottingham Forest news, Stan Collymore has delivered his verdict on Nottingham Forest following the win over Aston Villa.

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