Nottingham Forest midfielder Brandon Aguilera will be a star of the future, but warned he needs to be that player for Costa Rica now.

That’s according to his international teammate Alex López, who has told the player to start showing the fact he is now at a Premier League club for his international side.

Aguilera has been with Nottingham Forest since joining them from LD Alajuelense in 2022 but spent time away from the club, first on loan with Guanacasteca and then Estoril in Portugal last season.

He returned to Nottingham Forest in the summer and has remained a part of their squad but is yet to make a first team appearance in the Premier League, instead featuring in Premier League 2 for now.

That doesn’t mean he’s out of the picture for Costa Rica, though, who consider him one of their potential stars of the future and a key player of their current plans.

That means he is a part of the squad for the upcoming clashes with Panama, with the two sides going head-to-head in back-to-back games in the Concacaf Nations League quarterfinals.

And López has called on the Nottingham Forest man to step up, insisting that his team need him now even if he is yet to peak.

“For me that is not going to be his peak,” he said.

“He is a great player and now a process in the national team begins and he is going to have to be the protagonist because he is one of the players who is in the best league in the world and everything that he is learning there he has to reflect it in the national team.”