Dundee United ace Louis Appere has told The Herald that Nottingham Forest target Lawrence Shankland is capable of smashing 50 goals this season.
The Tangerines academy graduate has also dropped a hint that Shankland is more than capable of making a step-up in class.
The 24-year-old is wanted by Celtic and Rangers as well as the Reds and has scored 19 times this season.
Appere, 20, typically plays on the wing or just behind the strikers. He has two goals and four assists to his name for the current campaign.
Tannadice star Shankland is likely to be the subject of vast interest during January and it remains to be seen if a bid from Forest might be forthcoming.
Appere believes the striker will almost certainly keep up his current ratio and smash a half-century of goals.
He told The Herald: “Can he get fifty? I don’t see why not because of the rate his scoring at. If he stays in the form he’s in then who knows what he is capable of.
“He’s a really good goalscorer but it’s unfair to just think of him like that, he’s got really good hold up play as well. He is intelligent but when you score as many goals as he does it isn’t a wonder people just focus on the goals.”
In another significant line from his current team-mate, Appere has hinted that Shankland can cope with a step-up in class.
The comments were made after Shankland retained his place in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad but offer a suggestion that Appere thinks he might just handle a gulf in class at club level too.
He continued: “If you get the ball in the box and create chances for him he’ll put them away no matter what level it’s at. Nothing fazes him, he adapts very well to wherever he’s playing.”
Seat Pitch Summary – Interesting, to say the least, but the proof will be in the performances
Appere backing Shankland to perform at a higher level isn’t a real surprise but it is interesting that he backs him to score for whoever he plays for.
Whether he signs for Forest, Celtic or Rangers he will be judged based on the quality of his performances; along with his ability to continue finding the net on a frequent basis.
He probably would still be worth the risk, though. The Tangerines are thought to be willing to do business at around £2 million (Daily Record) and in today’s market that represents a snip.
Appere isn’t going to say bad things about a current team-mate who is flying. Shankland, however, does possess all the attributes to be a hit at a bigger club than Dundee United.
He is quick, can run the channels and is lethal in front of goal. If Forest do pursue his signature, it would represent a fairly exciting signing during the January transfer window.