Nottingham Forest beat West Ham on Sunday to claim their first Premier League win in 23 years. Lewis O’Brien was outstanding during the game and Sky co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe has suggested he will be a cracking signing.
The Reds won the game courtesy of a goal from Taiwo Awoniyi who notched his first goal for the club. It was the form of O’Brien that really caught the eye though, with the former Huddersfield man stifling Declan rice throughout.
The beaten Championship play-off finalists sold the midfielder to Forest for around £10 million. He did look a little bit rusty at Newcastle on the opening day but on Sunday he produced a performance that highlighted why he was signed.
When it came to naming the Man of the Match accolade live on Sky, Hinchcliffe was in no doubt over who should get it; raving about O’Brien for his maiden home performance in the Premier League.
He said live on air: “Lewis O’Brien has been the outstanding individual on Forest’s side. He will be influential all season.”
O’Brien is a product of the youth academy at Huddersfield. Prior to signing for Forest, he made 131 appearances for the Terriers and last year helped them reach the play-off final.
O’Brien was outstanding for Forest and he looks very capable
Who Scored shows that the Forest midfielder was bang up for the West Ham clash. He made five tackles during the 90 minutes and also completed 79.2% of his 24 passes.
It’s early days but O’Brien looks very useful. Some were doubtful over whether he’d be capable of continuing the consistency levels that he produced at Huddersfield.
On Sunday, he roared into tackles, wasn’t fazed by the opposition and tried his best to get the Reds moving forward whenever he got the ball.
It’s early days of course but Forest might have hit the jackpot with O’Brien. He looks determined to showcase his class in the Premier League and long may that continue whilst he’s wearing the Garibaldi.