Augustine Jay Jay Okocha has given an honest opinion on Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi ahead of his Premier League debut for Nottingham Forest.

The 24-year-old Nigeria international recently moves to the newly promoted Premier League for a club-record transfer fee of £17.5m from the Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin.

Awoniyi earned the switch to Nottingham Forest from the German team after scoring 20 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions last term as Union Berlin secured Europa football for the upcoming season.

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The Ilorin-born goal poacher strike 15 times and his goals displace Sebastian Andersson (12 goals) as the club record scorer in a single Bundesliga campaign set in 2019/20 and his 20 goals altogether for the club in the top flight surpassed Max Kruse’s 16.

Okocha spent four glorious with Bolton Wanderers by helping his former to maintain Premier League seasons during playing at Reebok Stadium.

Super Eagles legend believes that his fellow countryman Awoniyi has what it takes to succeed and impressive impact on the English top flight.

When asked about the qualities that former Liverpool star can bring to Steve Cooper’s outfit and former Frankfurt favourite Okocha said: “I think his work ethic, he is somebody that gives 100% even if he is having a bad day.

“His performances at Union Berlin earned him the right to come to the Premier League and I have no doubt that he will give it a good go.

“I don’t think there is a lot expected of him because he was not that well known before coming to Forest and for me, I see that as an opportunity for him to make a name for himself in the Premier League.

“How well he will do will depend on how the rest of the team plays for him.”

Awoniyi is one of 12 new players that Nottingham Forest have signed during the 2022 transfer window but the Nigerian striker will be hoping to score enough goals to help his new club avoid relegation back to the Sky Bet championship this season.

 

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