Former Championship boss Danny Cowley heaped praise on Nottingham Forest winger Sammy Ameobi for his performance in the 3-1 win over Millwall.
Cowley was dismissed by Huddersfield Town at the end of last season and was working on EFL on Quest last night.
After seeing the highlights of Ameobi’s stunning efforts he waxed lyrical about the 28-year-old Forest trickster.
He even suggested that his second goal was the best he’d seen all day in the second tier.
Cowley told EFL on Quest: “It’s two fantastic goals for Sammy Ameobi. Coming in on his left foot, he’s always dangerous and he probably doesn’t score the goals that he should.
“The second goal, for me, is the goal of the Championship today.
“It’s a great move, it started from the goalkeeper and as he comes inside he plays the one-two and he bends it exquisitely into the top corner.
Ameobi had only scored once prior to yesterday, with his other goal coming way back in October against Rotherham.
The ex-Bolton man had failed to scale the heights of last season with his assists drying up completely.
Last season he scored five times and claimed nine assists and the hope will be that he can now kick on.
Is Ameobi back?
Well, he’ll need to show he can get his consistency back but yesterday was a firm step in the right direction.
Forest have badly missed the Ameobi they know and love from last season during the 2020/21 campaign.
His trickery and determination often helped pull Forest out of the mire last season and at times he proved to be a really important player.
Perhaps Ameobi was one of many players who has struggled to park the events of last season and has subsequently struggled with a crisis of confidence.
Yesterday he showcased exactly what he is capable of.
With Forest scoring for goals this season, it’s important that players like Ameobi continue improving.
The trickster is out of contract in the summer and if he has designs on signing an extension, he’ll need a few more outings akin to yesterday.
Ameobi’s work rate has never really been in question and yesterday he had some quality to go with it.
Forest supporters – and Chris Hughton – will hope his Millwall display is the start of a revival for the winger.