Nottingham Forest are back in action tomorrow evening with a home clash against Coventry City after beating Blackpool away from home in their previous outing.
On the chalkboard
Sam Surridge didn’t start at the weekend but ended up having an impact when he came on, meaning he should now be in the starting XI
Having replaced Keinan Davis after 66 minutes against Blackpool, Surridge ended up having one clear shot at goal which ended up increasing the away side’s lead towards the latter stages of the game.
Would you start Sam Surridge against Coventry?
Since arriving at the Midlands club back in the previous January transfer window on a permanent deal from Stoke City, the Englishman has appeared in eight league games for the Reds but has yet to start one.
Speaking after Saturday’s win, the Forest boss had this to say about his substitute hero and the chances of him finally starting a match.
He said: “For sure, he’s pushing for a start. But all of the players are. I’d be comfortable playing any of the players who maybe haven’t started or didn’t start at the weekend.”
In his five previous appearances for Cooper’s side, the 23-year-old has found the back of the net three times, showing what a useful attacking option he can be.
With this in mind, it seems as though the winter recruit has done enough to finally warrant a place in the starting XI.
Taking into account how Davis could only rack up one shot at goal against Blackpool before being replaced by Surridge, this could persuade the Forest manager to give the former Stoke figure a start up top against Brennan Johnson after his weekend brace.
Labelled as a “baller” by one Forest journalist, the centre-forward could be a terrifying prospect for Coventry to have to deal with, especially considering they’ve conceded a total of 48 league goals this season, 12 more than Forest.
If the Reds boss does finally give the attacker the chance to show what he can do on the pitch from the start, he could end up staking a claim to become a regular starter for the team if he’s able to make the most of his chance and add some more goals to his record.