It’s no secret that Nottingham Forest are looking for a new striker but any incoming talisman shouldn’t get game time at the expense of Sam Surridge.
The 24-year-old celebrated his birthday yesterday. That came two days after he made a goalscoring return to the Forest team during a 2-2 draw against Notts County.
Surridge deserves a crack at the Premier League. He checked in at Forest during January, costing the club just £2.3 million and he’s already been a revelation.
In 23 appearances for the Reds, he’s scored eight goals. His scintillating hat-trick against Swansea in April guaranteed the Reds a play-off place and kept alive dreams of automatic promotion.
Surridge has showcased a lethal instinct when it comes to finishing chances. Some have even claimed that he’s one of the best natural-born finishers that the club has seen in recent memory.
The Reds striker is behind when it comes to match sharpness during pre-season. He’s only made one appearance after undergoing an operation and naturally, that could make him a doubt to start against Newcastle.
Forest have signed Taiwo Awoniyi this summer. He’s likely to start the campaign as the first choice and it’s been claimed that Steve Cooper would dearly like to sign another talisman.
Surridge is capable though and still has bags of unfilled potential. As a result, the new player that comes in should be an understudy to the promotion winner rather than a replacement.
Surridge could save Forest millions
Several strikers have been linked with Forest. Emmanuel Dennis of Watford is on the radar; whilst Maxwel Cornet of Burnley can play upfront and he’s also been linked.
With Forest now a Premier League club there shouldn’t be any room for sentiment. Surridge will know that and Cooper will definitely be cautious to avoid letting any seep in.
The striker was brilliant during the second half of last season though. He came after a rough time at Stoke and made a mockery of Michael O’Neill’s decision to sell him.
Surridge was unfortunate to miss some of pre-season after a minor operation. He’s busy playing catch-up and as a naturally fit player, he should be up to full speed in no time.
The talented striker deserves a genuine crack at playing Premier League football. If he hits the ground running as a top-flight performer it could be a Cooper decision that saves Forest millions.