There’s a perception to some Nottingham Forest supporters that when a foreign player is signed he must be of poor quality.

It’s a bizarre notion and Forest have been burnt in the past. Not every player who has checked in from overseas has been bad, however.

Miguel Angel Guerrero might be in the early stages of his Forest career but his performance on Saturday should quash any fears over his ability to play in England.

The Reds beat Wycombe 2-0, with Guerrero one of the standout performers.

Eyebrows were raised when Forest landed the forward from Olympiacos.

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Some people questioned his age; others wondered whether he’d be capable of doing it against Rotherham on a Tuesday night.

The 30-year-old had put Sabri Lamouchi’s team to the sword during a pre-season friendly prior to the 2019/20 campaign, scoring twice in a comprehensive 3-0 win.

He managed seven goals and two assists domestically, with some Forest fans somewhat underwhelmed by his goal contributions.

On Saturday he provided a demonstration to his cynics that he will be capable of offering more to Chris Hughton’s team than goals.

Guerrero was impressive against the Chairboys. He operated just behind Lyle Taylor, with Forest deploying a 4-4-1-1 formation, thriving in the process.

It was a performance from the Spaniard that will surely make supporters want to see more of him – and Hughton clearly seems to value the Forest man.


His performance might not have been welcomed by Forest striker Lewis Grabban who is currently sidelined with an injury problem.

The man who scored 20 goals last season is nursing a hip injury and based on Guerrero’s recent performance he will have a fight on his hands when he does return.

Taylor made the point after the game on Saturday that the ex-Olympiacos performer was the perfect foil.

That statement couldn’t be more accurate. Guerrero showed several neat touches and generally held the ball up extremely well.

He completed 23 of his 26 passes, with his pass map showcasing a willingness to pop the ball wide to the likes of Anthony Knockaert and Sammy Ameobi.

What next for the Forest striker?

The beauty of Guerrero is that he offers something different to Taylor and Grabban.

He can play as a centre-forward, as showcased at Middlesbrough, or as a secondary striker in the hole just behind.

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Ultimately the challenge for the Spaniard is to continue impressing Hughton enough to warrant more first-team appearances.

Given that the games come thick and fast this season he should earn more chances to shine.

With his added versatility and useful determination skills; Guerrero appears to be showcasing all the ingredients to make him an effective signing.

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