Jermaine Jenas has raved about Nottingham Forest star Neco Williams on last night’s Match of the Day 2. The Reds earned their first Premier League victory with a 1-0 win over West Ham at the City Ground yesterday.
Taiwo Awoniyi scored the game’s only goal, with Jesse Lingard’s effort being turned in off the Nigerian’s shin. Declan Rice missed a penalty in the second half while Said Benrahma cracked the post.
Williams was lively throughout though. He played his part in a brilliant team performance. Forest were in control of the clash at 1-0 up and West Ham’s best chances came from set-piece situations.
The Wales international signed for the Reds from Liverpool. He cost the club £17 million and has some big shoes to fill following the form of Djed Spence in last season’s promotion-winning campaign.
Former Reds midfielder Jenas was giving analysis for Match of the Day 2 and he felt the former Anfield starlet was the standout performer for Forest.
He said live on air: “Neco Williams was absolutely brilliant. This lad is already having an influence in a Forest shirt.
“Passes that he makes, I just love to see it. We saw glimpses when he was playing for Liverpool. I don’t want to go too early on the Trent-esque type comments but he’s obviously rubbed off on him.
“He’s so forward thinking. Today, he showed some of the class that Forest will need. He has the most touched of any Forest player on the pitch.”
Williams raved about by Jenas
The former Liverpool man played a blinder yesterday. He gave his all throughout the clash and stung Lukasz Fabianski’s palms on two different occasions.
Williams was also decent at the back. He cleared one West Ham attempt off the line and at 21-years-old, the player should only improve as the season progresses.
Yesterday was always going to be a tough game. The Hammers are regulars in Europe and will be competing in the UEFA Conference League during the 2022/23 campaign.
Forest created a cauldron of noise yesterday though. Steve Cooper’s men deserved their win and the supporters will need to create a similar atmosphere at 18 more home games this season.