Nottingham Forest lost to Fulham on Friday night but Sam Surridge did provide one positive one another night of frustration.

The Reds talisman came on for the last 20 minutes and it’s fair to say he put some of his teammates to shame.

Surridge checked in at Forest for £2.3 million on the transfer deadline day of January 2022.

He quickly made an impression at Forest and although he largely started as a backup option, he grasped every opportunity.

The 24-year-old scored eight goals during the second half of 2021/22, helping the Reds secure a play-off place.

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Surridge had to sit around during the summer as Forest signed several players who can play in attack.

That threw some question marks over what sort of rule he would play during the current campaign.

Surridge wasn’t in the squad for the defeat against Bournemouth but did return to the bench on Friday.

With 20 minutes to go, he was told to get ready, with Forest on the hunt for a couple of goals to earn themselves a point.

Surridge was unable to provide those but his overall performance will have given Steve Cooper some food for thought.

In just 20 minutes on the pitch, he won all four of the aerial duels he contested, with only Ryan Yates matching that effort (Who Scored).

He also had 13 touches of the ball. For context, Brennan Johnson played 90 minutes and managed just 14 on a pretty bleak night.

Surridge is also willing to bust a gut to get back and help out defensively. He made two clearances during his brief cameo on Friday.

Surridge provides Forest with big positive

There seems to be little doubt that the young talisman can have a part to play in the Premier League this season.

Surridge relies on others creating him chances between the posts but if he gets those, he should score goals.

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The Reds have Taiwo Awoniyi, Emmanuel Dennis and Surridge all scrapping it out for a place in the team.

Forest fans love the man signed from Stoke and now, it looks like a good decision not to loan him out during the transfer window.

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