Taiwo Awoniyi’s Nottingham Forest will compete in the Premier League for the first time this century having gained promotion via the Championship playoffs last season.
The club showed ambition by breaking their transfer record to sign Awoniyi from Union Berlin this summer. He joined for £17.5m.
AWONIYI who developed his football skills at Unicorn and Imperial Soccer Academy will relish the challenge of playing in front of the English audience.
After replacing Chris Hughton in the City Ground dugout last September, Steve Cooper took Forest all the way from the bottom of the table up to fourth position after a remarkable upturn in form.
Cooper’s side look like they should mean business in the Premier League, too, having signed 12 players and counting so far this summer for a total outlay of around £85m.
Here, we take an in-depth look ahead to Nottingham Forest’s 2022-23 campaign, including predictions, summer signings and their star player.
Nottingham Forest begin their campaign with a tricky trip to Newcastle United, who have spent plenty of money themselves since their Saudi Arabia-based takeover was completed last October.
Forest fans will have a keen eye on their side’s visit of Midlands rivals Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on September 30, with the reverse fixture taking place at the City Ground on January 14.
Forest host fellow promoted sides Bournemouth and Fulham on September 3 and September 16 respectively, with Cooper’s side travelling to the Vitality Stadium and Craven Cottage on January 21 and February 11 respectively in potentially crucial relegation six-pointers.
Nottingham Forest 2022-23 season preview – prediction, summer signings, star player
Taiwo Awoniyi (£18.5m, Union Berlin)
Neco Williams (£18m, Liverpool)
Orel Mangala (£11.7m, Stuttgart)
Moussa Niakhate (£9m, Mainz 05)
Giulian Biancone (£9m, Troyes)
Omar Richards (£7.7m, Bayern Munich)
Lewis O’Brien (£5.3m, Huddersfield Town)
Harry Toffolo (£5.3m, Huddersfield)
Brandon Aguilera (£0.9m, LD Alajuelense)
Jesse Lingard (free, Manchester United)
Wayne Hennessey (free, Burnley)
Dean Henderson (loan, Man Utd)
Brice Samba (£4.5m, Lens)
Tobias Figueiredo (free, Hull City)
Nicholas Ioannou (undisclosed, Como)
Jonathan Panzo (loan, Coventry City)
Ethan Horvath (loan, Luton Town)
Brandon Aguilera (loan, Guanacasteca)
Lewis Grabban (free, unattached)
Carl Jenkinson (free, unattached)
Gaetan Bong (free, unattached)
Total spent to date: £85.3m
Total received to date: £4.5m
Net transfer balance: -£80.8m
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Wayne Hennessey, Jordan Smith
Defenders: Neco Williams, Giulian Biancone, Richie Laryea, Moussa Niakhate, Steve Cook, Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna, Loic Mbe Soh, Omar Richards, Harry Toffolo
Midfielders: Jack Colback, Orel Mangala, Ryan Yates, Lewis O’Brien, Braian Ojeda, Harry Arter, Cafu, Jesse Lingard
Forwards: Taiwo Awoniyi, Brennan Johnson, Sam Surridge, Lyle Taylor, Joe Lolley, Xande Silva, Nuno Da Costa, Alex Mighten