Nottingham Forest legend Garry Birtles has raved about Reds talisman Sam Surridge on this week’s Garibaldi Reds podcast.
The ex-striker was a guest on this week’s edition and he was quizzed on the play-offs and Forest’s chances against Sheffield United.
Surridge came up in discussion just a week or so after his devastating second-half hat-trick against Swansea City.
The 23-year-old has scored eight goals since checking in from Stoke during the January transfer window.
He has filled the void left by the injured Keinan Davis with aplomb and Birtles thinks the club are in good hands going into the play-offs.
He told the Garibaldi Reds podcast: “For me, we’ve seen one of the best finishers in the Championship.
“People will say that’s Mitrovic but he’s a different sort of striker. Some of the finishes we’ve seen from Surridge have been sensational.
“He’s not a one-trick point. There’s more to his game and he’s the sort of player I love.”
Surridge cost the Reds £2 million in the January transfer window and he was introduced as a substitute during Saturday’s draw with Hull.
He won the penalty that allowed Brennan Johnson to give Forest the lead after being fouled by Tom Huddlestone in the box.
Birtles raves about Surridge and Forest man will hope to continue fine form
Surridge has been a revelation since checking in at Forest but he can’t rest on his laurels now.
Keinan Davis and Lewis Grabban are both injured. With that in mind, Surridge will be the man tasked with firing Forest to the Premier League.
Forest face Sheffield United over two legs and the winners will progress to the final to face either Huddersfield or Luton.
Surridge has showcased that he can prove a useful addition to the Forest ranks over the next few years.
His movement off the ball is good, he finishes well and he also showcases a good turn of pace to get in behind.
Receiving praise from Birtles will mean a lot. As a result, he’ll hope to continue starring in the Forest team.