Nottingham Forest new recruit Omar Richards earns 'brilliant' praise from youth football expert

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

Nottingham Forest have made some big moves already this summer as they look to strengthen their side ready for an assault on the Premier League.

One of the new additions is former Bayern Munich left-back Omar Richards who is set to make his Premier League debut with the Reds when the season kicks off in August.

The 24-year-old was announced by Forest on 10 July having had an unconventional route into the professional game after beginning with the Kinetic Academy in London.

Harry Hudson founded the foundation in 2011 and has helped a number of players reach the professional game after falling out of academies across the area and is very excited to see what Richards can do at Nottingham Forest.

“It’s brilliant for him, it was quite remarkable to go from Reading to Bayern Munich last summer,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids. “I’m sure that was an incredible experience both on and off the pitch.

“That’s given him the platform to get a good move back to a Premier League club and a team that have recruited really well from what I’ve seen.

“If he can establish himself as a Premier League left-back now, that is a brilliant move for him.

Richards may even have one eye on the upcoming World Cup in Qatar and getting himself into Gareth Southgate’s squad with a good start to the 2022-23 campaign at the City Ground.

“There’s no reason to think why not,” Hudson continued. “If he was a right-back he’d probably have more problems with Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker.

“I’m not saying there are less talented left-backs but maybe there is more of an opportunity there because Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw have been injured.”

On the opposite flank, Steve Cooper has added Welsh international Neco Williams after a multi-million-pound move from Liverpool.

In other Nottingham Forest news, Newcastle United have a midfielder that Forest may try to sign although there is stiff competition for his signing.