McTominay was hailed as a player who thrives on his mentality, while Will Keane, who led the club’s eventual FA Youth Cup winning side in 2011, took his chances to back down from injury. The resolution has been proved. Wigan Athletic to the championship as the leading scorer in League One.
“There are hundreds of players you can name,” Joyce insisted. “I won’t talk about Manchester United player. You know I see first-team players in the ONE – Brennan Johnson, Yeatsey [Ryan Yates], Joe Worl. They are top people, top professionals who do really well. They also have talent.
“Scott McTominay isn’t just a worker. He’s got talent too. You can’t be a worker just to play for Manchester United. He also has talent and from what I said, those characteristics are evident at Nottingham this season. Forest first team, the culture that the manager has created is fantastic. They have that kind of people in abundance in the football club.
“As for Will, it’s fantastic for him. You know what his troubles are. I actually bumped into him on vacation last year and was talking with him. To come and when he could see and think Then came the mental fortitude: ‘ What if?’ And of course, at one point, he was considered really high in the England set-up.
“But tough things happen in everyone’s life, so that’s how you adjust and adapt and make things right for you. It’s a tremendous effort for them and I’m happy with what they’ve achieved this season.” “