Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has delivered his verdict on Sam Surridge after his cameo outing in the win at Blackburn Rovers.
The Reds performer was introduced with just over 20 minutes remaining and put himself into the thick of the action.
He produced a poor finish when he should have squared to Johnson, fired a shot agonisingly wide of the post and then won the penalty that helped Forest seal victory.
Surridge checked in at Forest on transfer deadline day. He signed from Stoke for £2 million and has worked with Cooper previously.
He spent six months on loan at Swansea but is arguably a more rounded player these days, with Cooper keen to reunite with him.
At 23 he has bags of time to continue developing and Forest will hope he can play a big part in the project moving forwards.
Cooper enjoyed Surridge’s outing against Blackburn and discussed his performance afterwards.
He told the club’s official website: “Sam Surridge hasn’t come here to be a sub. He had a really positive contribution to the game. He did well for the penalty and Brennan puts it away.”
Develop: Surridge could grow at Forest
Under Cooper, the striker could thrive. He clearly wanted to play under the Reds’ head coach again and the move seemed to suit all parties.
It does seem as though he’ll take some time to get up to speed. He’d not been playing much at Stoke and that’s probably why he’s been on the bench in his two Forest games so far.
Last night he showed flashes of quality. He still needs to get used to the way Forest play but once he does he could help himself to a few goals.
Lewis Grabban will be missing for two months. As a result, the signing of Surridge looks to make perfect sense and last night proved a decent cameo for the youngster.