Nottingham Forest beat West Bromwich Albion 4-0, Stoke City fans might have been left feeling pig sick at the form of Sam Surridge.

The striker was sent racing through by Philip Zinckernagel in the closing stages of Monday’s win.

With David Button advancing, Surridge produced a wonderful finish high into the net in front of the Trent End.

It was the fourth goal for Surridge in just 374 minutes of action since checking in from Stoke during the January transfer window.

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When he arrived at Forest, it was met with some angst among supporters. Just four goals in 24 games for Stoke had led to the cynics popping their heads above the parapet.

Surridge has already proved himself as a shrewd addition; with his finishing qualities absolutely incredible so far at Forest.

At 23, the youngster has bags of unearthed potential and Steve Cooper looks like the ideal manager to unleash it.

Surridge hasn’t really been the first choice since checking on Trentside but he’s still playing with a smile on his face.

With Keinan Davis now injured, he has the perfect chance to really stamp his authority on the Forest team.

Stoke fans were wrong and Surridge can thrive at Forest

It’s quite comical to think that Stoke fans were acting all smug when it came to them receiving £2 million for Surridge in January.

With three games remaining, the 23-year-old is helping Forest to cement a play-off place, whilst Stoke are looking forward to their summer holidays after another drab campaign.

Surridge scored four times in 24 outings for Stoke during 2021/22. He’s scored the same amount of goals in just 15 outings for the Reds and there will certainly be more to come.

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He is busy, talented and crucially he knows how to stick the ball into the back of the net.

It’s obviously early days but Cooper looks to have hit the jackpot with Surridge.

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