Clinton Morrison has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest star Sam Surridge after his devastating hat-trick against Swansea City yesterday.

The Reds kept up the chase on Bournemouth with a scintillating victory and next for Forest is a trip to face the Cherries.

Surridge has been in fine form. He must have been thinking it wasn’t going to happen though as he experienced a barren first half.

In the second 45, he upped the ante though and helped Forest blow Swansea back to South Wales.

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Surridge has now scored eight times for the Reds in just 18 outings, with a large number of those appearances coming from the bench.

Morrison was desperately impressed with the 23-year-old and issued him some praise on EFL on Quest.

He said: “I went in to watch Forest train and this boy can finish.

“They’re going to need him from now until the end of the season. Keinan Davis and Lewis Grabban are injured.

“This boy has got all the capability of going and playing at a higher level. That could be with Nottingham Forest.”

Forest signed Surridge from Stoke for £2 million during the January transfer window; with Cooper previously having the player at Swansea.

Forest have struck gold with Surridge

Blink and you’d be forgiven for thinking Thierry Henry had snuck into the Garibaldo as Surridge deliciously curled an effort beyond Andy Fisher and into the top corner!

Clearly, that’s a bit of a stretch but it was a finish that oozed class and it’s not the first time Surridge has produced such a level of composure.

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The youngster has really stepped up in recent weeks. Injuries to Davis and Grabban have been a blow but their absence hasn’t really been sorely felt.

That has been down to the form of Surridge and a few more goals might just help the Reds reach the Premier League.

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