Record signing Taiwo Awoniyi could prove to be a bargain for Nottingham Forest, with the Unicorn and Imperial Academy trained striker tipped to make his mark in the Premier League.
The Reds shelled out £17.5m to secure the services of the 24-year-old from Union Berlin. He became their first arrival of the summer as he put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the weekend.
It marks a return to English football for Awoniyi, who began his professional career with Liverpool. And former Forest ace Stan Collymore has backed him to impress in the Garibaldi.
Collymore stated: “At 24, after scoring 15 goals in 30 games last season, the time is now right for him to find a club at which he can shine and I can’t think of a better place to be the top man than at Forest. With his skill, pace and confidence, he could prove to be a snip, even at £17.5million.”
Awoniyi enjoyed a fine 2021/22 campaign in Germany, attracting plenty of interest as he netted 20 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.
The Nigeria international had loan spells at FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Royal Excel Mouscron, Gent, Mainz 05 and Union Berlin during his time at Anfield, joining the latter permanently last July.
It will be recalled that Stan Victor Collymore was prolific for Forest from 1993 to 1995, netting 41 goals in 65 appearances.
A Forest supporter has backed Awoniyi to replicate such form for the club.
The fan wrote: “Got a Stan Collymore feeling about this guy.”