Brian Laws heaped praise on Nottingham Forest striker Taiwo Awoniyi during Friday night’s win over Sheffield United. The Reds player scored after just a couple of minutes to give the team a perfect start on home soil.
Forest were made to work for their win but with Awoniyi in this sort of form, they’ll have a chance in every game they play. His header from a Serge Aurier cross was beautiful and gave Wes Foderingham no chance between the posts.
It’s the sixth game in succession that Awoniyi has scored for Forest. That run stretches back to the final four games of last season where the Nigerian scored the goals that helped keep Forest in the Premier League.
Laws used to play for the Reds back when Brian Clough was walking on water at the City Ground. He was a mainstay in the team during the nineties and he was very pleased with Awoniyi during the Forest win on Friday.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “It’s absolutely outstanding by Awoniyi. A great start from Nottingham Forest.”
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Laws raves about Awoniyi after Forest win
The Forest talisman is proving a real bargain for the Reds. Awoniyi penned terms at the City Ground last summer as the club paid £17.5 million for him from Union Berlin.
It proved a slow start for the striker but with 11 goals last season, he was the team’s top goalscorer in the Premier League. This time around he’s kicked things off with two goals in his opening two appearances.
Awoniyi is now showing why Forest paid such a sum to land him. He works hard, has a physical presence and perhaps more crucially, he knows where the net is.
Lots of talks goes around Morgan Gibbs-White and Brennan Johnson when it comes to who is Forest’s best player. Awoniyi is often discounted but for his goals recently, he has to be in the conversation too.