It’s been a while since Ben Brereton has featured in the Nottingham Forest side.
He last featured in the 2-1 win over Sheffield United a month ago now, and I heard Mark Warburton saying how tough it was to leave him out of the win over QPR on Saturday.
Jason Cummings scored against the Blades, while Daryl Murphy has been a superb signing since coming from Newcastle, scoring six times, and it’s part of being a footballer that sometimes you find yourself out of the side.
He’s still a young lad, still learning his trade and I think being out of the team for a little bit has probably done him a favour, maybe made him a little hungrier.
I said earlier in the season that I thought Joe Worrall needed a rest because of the amount of domestic and international football he’d played in a short space of time, and Brereton’s the same.
He’ll benefit from being out of the limelight for a few weeks, watching what his team-mates are doing and that’ll only help the 18-year-old.
I’d like to see him more central when he comes back because he reminds me a little bit of Garry Birtles in the way he plays, and can be a greater threat down the middle than playing off the wing.
He seems a fairly level-headed lad; he’ll be chomping at the bit to get in the team and, if it was me, I’d be knocking on the manager’s door, but given his age and experience, he should just focus on working hard.