After hitting a double-digit goal for the club in the just-concluded season, Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has hailed Nigeria’s Super Eagles forward Taiwo Awoniyi and further challenged him to do more next season.
Despite being out of action for 3 months, the Nigeria international was able to score 10 goals for the club and even scored in 4 consecutive games to ensure the club’s safety from relegation.
“The first part of the season was a transition for all of us. We all learnt about adapting to the Premier League, and Taiwo was no different to anybody else.
“He was playing well and scoring goals before he got injured. He missed three months of the season.
“Everyone thought at the time that the injury couldn’t have come at a worse time because he was playing well and had just scored against Southampton.
He’s come back, hit the ground running with his performances, and then they have turned into goals as well. We’re really pleased for him.
“He’s been important for us. But he will be the first to tell you, that’s on the back end of a team which has stepped up in the last month or so. When the team steps up and you start creating chances, you want someone to score them – he’s managed to do that for us.
“He can get more. If it maybe wasn’t his first year in the Premier League – with the transition which came with that – and if he hadn’t missed three months, he could have got more.
“Through becoming a Premier League team, we’ve sometimes struggled to score goals and create chances.
“It’s not as if he’s had loads of chances to score goals. I’m sure his scoring-to-chance ratio is quite high.
“We’re pleased with him. In the Premier League, you always need a player who is going to score goals. He’s shown he can do that. Let’s hope he can work hard to take that on next season”, he stated.