Nottingham Forest have completed the permanent signing of Sam Surridge during the drama of transfer deadline day. The Reds have paid around £2 million or his signature and he joins from Stoke.
Forest have moved quickly to land a striker. Lewis Grabban hobbled out of action yesterday as the Reds slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City.
The 13-goal talisman could face a prolonged period on the sidelines and with Lyle Taylor leaving on loan, it has left the Reds short in attack.
With Surridge now in place on Trentside, we can hear you asking what you might need to know about the talented young player.
Here are give facts about the latest Forest signing:
- Surridge is a striker. The player is a born goalscorer and plays through the middle. During his career he has played his best football when utlised as an out-and-out centre forward.
- The talisman began his career with Bournemouth and has also spent time on loan with Poole, Yeovil, Oldham and Swansea
- Surridge only joined Stoke in the summer. He cost £5 million but has failed to make an impact at the Bet365 Stadium.
- The 23-year-old has played under Steve Cooper before. He spent time on loan at Swansea scoring seven goals in 23 appearances.
- Surridge’s most successful spell came during a spell with Oldham where he scored 12 goals in 20 appearances.
What they say about him
Steve Cooper described Surridge as a good fit when he signed him for Swansea.
He enjoyed a decent time of things at the Liberty Stadium and naturally it’s no surprise to see Cooper sign him once again.
The head coach clearly fancies him as a player and he will now hope to get the best out of him during his time at Forest.
Former Bournemouth assistant manager Jason Tindall previously said the player had ‘great character’ and told the Dorset Echo that he thought the world of him.
Verdict: Will Surridge thrive at Forest?
Naturally, people will look at four goals in 24 appearances for Stoke and be sceptical.
The bottom line, however, is that Cooper wanted him at the club. That has to be a positive step and gone are the days of players being added sporadically by non-football staff.
Surridge adds height and presence to the forward line and in Grabban’s absence that has to be considered a massive boost for Forest.
The challenge for the new Reds frontman is to prove his critics wrong.