Nottingham Forest have been buoyed by the arrival of Taiwo Awoniyi to their pre-season training camp in Spain. The striker has joined the rest of his teammates ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Levante.

Forest travelled to Spain minus their talismanic goalscorer. He had endured complications with his passport, but Steve Cooper said after Tuesday’s game that he hoped it would be resolved.

Forest Awoniyi
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Now, Awoniyi is back in training with his Forest teammates. He will provide a welcome boost to Cooper’s touring party, with Hwang Ui-jo the only senior striker currently in Spain.

Awoniyi enjoyed a wonderful maiden campaign at the City Ground. He finished as the team’s top goalscorer with 11 goals in all competitions following a blistering May that saw him score six times.

The 25-year-old made the move to Forest from Union Berlin in the summer of 2022 and cost the club £17 million. He proved a very useful player on the pitch and a very good character inside the dressing room.

Awoniyi will now be glad that his passport situation has been rectified. He can now get down to some hard work in Spain and he should get the chance to play against Levante on Saturday.

Awoniyi arrives at Forest training camp in Spain

This is a welcome boost. With Forest yet to sign any players, it’s important that Cooper has as many of last year’s team available as possible and Awoniyi is a very important player.

Hopefully, the Reds can kick on next season. The Reds finished 16th in 2022/23 and it will be pretty tricky to build on that when the Premier League season gets underway again.

With Awoniyi in their ranks, however, who knows what could happen. The striker is at a nice age to keep improving and he will surely benefit from having played a full season in the Premier League.

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