Nottingham Forest striker Sam Surridge has found regular football hard to come by this season. With the season approaching the final two months, the 24-year-old must be seriously regretting his decision not to go out on loan.
The talisman signed from Stoke City has proved a very useful signing for the Reds. He scored eight goals last season after arriving in January for a fee of £2.3 million, helping the Reds reach the play-offs.
Surridge competed with Lewis Grabban and Keinan Davis for the position as Steve Cooper’s striker. He scored some seriously important goals as Forest hunted down a play-off place and he’s been a very useful signing.
This season has been tough for Surridge, however. He’s started just once in the Premier League, scoring a single goal against former club Bournemouth back in January.
In total, the player has made 14 Premier League outings with most of them coming as cameo appearances from the bench. He’s also made six appearances in the EFL Cup and one in the FA Cup.
Surridge had opportunities to leave in January. Nothing that was reported would have been a permanent move away from the City Ground but he had several clubs willing to take him on loan.
Surridge must seriously be regretting not leaving Forest on loan
It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for Surridge based on what’s currently happening. With Forest winning games in pretty narrow fashion, Cooper is choosing to throw on more defence-minded players in the closing stages of games.
Surridge didn’t get on against Fulham and he was also an unused substitute during the 1-1 draw against Manchester City. Perhaps worrying in that game was that Chris Wood came on and scored; whilst Andre Ayew also got on the pitch.
The talented striker now faces a pretty barren end to the season. It’s hard to imagine where he gets games between now and May, with other, more experienced options within the squad.
Cooper is a huge fan of Surridge. He called him ‘excellent’ after a win over Blackpool last season and he does rate him. However, with Premier League survival at stake the boss might just prefer experience.
As a result, Surridge may have made a decision that proves to be costly in January. He could now be out on loan playing regular football but instead, he faces a prolonged spell as an unused member of the Forest squad.