Napoli’s £60 million striker Victor Osimhen has suggested that Nottingham Forest might have pulled off a masterstroke in signing Taiwo Awoniyi. The £60 million talisman made the claims during an interview with Nigerian outlet the Daily Post.
Forest toppled their club-record transfer fee when they announced the signing of Awoiniyi on Saturday. He checked in from Union Berlin for a fee in the region of £17 million.
Last season was a brilliant one for the 24-year-old. He scored 20 goals in all competitions, helping the club claim a place in the Europa League during the 2022/23 campaign.
Awoniyi has opted for a move to the Premier League though. He has unfinished business in England, with the player struggling for a work permit during his time at Liverpool.
The Anfield-based giants couldn’t complete the relevant paperwork. He went out on loan six times before they eventually sold him permanently during last summer’s transfer window.
Osimhen plays alongside Awoniyi for Nigeria. He’s suggested that Forest might have hit the jackpot and has sent some encouraging words to his compatriot.
He told the Daily Post: “I am happy for him. When I moved to Napoli, people said lots of bad things, but it was all wrong.
“Moving to Nottingham Forest shows that he believes in himself. He will still go higher and make bigger moves.
“I believe in Awoniyi completely, and I’m happy for him. He will prove his doubters wrong.”
Osimhen thinks Forest have pulled off a masterstroke and Awoinyi looks useful
Jurgen Klopp is still a huge admirer of Awoniyi. He will be one person that monitors his Forest progress with relative intrigue having chosen to offload him permanently.
It appears that Osimhen is also backing him. He knows all about leading the line and at a club like Napoli he finds himself playing for an expectant fan base.
Awoniyi seems like a confident individual. That should bode well for Forest as they try to be competitive during the next 12 months as a Premier League club.
The first year following promotion is always the most difficult. With the likes of Awoniyi spearheading the attack, however, the Reds might fancy making a few waves during 2022/23.