Ghanaian youth star Arvin Appiah tipped for great Nottingham Forest future

Published on: 08 November 2018

English youth star of Ghanaian heritage, Arvin Appiah, will blossom into a great footballer if he continues he stays grounded at Nottingham Forest, says his team-mate.

This glowing assessment of the youngster was made by Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa who has trained regularly with the winger for years now.

The 17-year-old came to the attention of many when he scored for the Reds in their defeat at Burton in the EFL Cup last week.

Despite Appiah's age, Forest coach Aitor Karanka has not ignored the youngster for a first team place as he has been training regularly with the senior side for the needed experience.

Darikwa believes the Appiah will make a great impact if he continues to listen to the advice of the coach of the second tier side.

“He has been great. He has good quality. He is still very young, so we need to make sure he has the time to develop,” Darikwa told the Nottingham Post.

“He is a good kid who listens to the manager. Like I said, he has great talent.

“If he continues to listen and work hard – which he has been doing – I am sure he will have a great future here.”

Appiah, who was born in 2001 to Ghanaian parents in England, can still play for the Black Stars because he has not played for the senior team of England.

Appiah scored his first goal for England U17 in May in their match against Italy in the group stage of the 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

The hosts were eliminated by the Netherlands at the semi-final stage on a penalty shootout with Appiah successfully converting his spot kick.

In October 2018, Appiah scored for the England U18 team against Sweden.