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49-cap international says Nottingham Forest star did something really unusual last season

49-cap international says Nottingham Forest star did something really unusual last season

Nottingham Forest striker Chris Wood was in fine form in the Premier League last season.

The star scored 14 goals in the Premier League and managed to finish among the top scorers in the top division.

Wood signed for Forest for £15m in January 2023 and has taken a while to get going.

With Taiwo Awoniyi battling a groin problem that required surgery last season, it was vital someone stepped up. Enter Wood…

The New Zealand international was on a mission and scored some important goals for Forest as they avoided relegation.

Now a former team-mate of Wood has given his verdict on the season the Forest player has just enjoyed.

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What Ryan Nelson said about Forest striker Chris Wood

Nelson is a man who played alongside Wood for New Zealand and is a big fan of the Forest striker.

He told the NZ Herald: “To get double figures as a striker in the Premier League consistently is incredibly rare. It just doesn’t happen. You’re a certain echelon of player. It’s a credit to his perseverance, from when he started, to be in this situation.

“What he’s doing is one of the hardest things in football. It’s the hardest league to score goals in, you’re up against the best defenders and goalkeepers in the world. I don’t think people realise what he’s achieved and what he’s still achieving.

“They (smaller teams) don’t create many chances – so it’s even more difficult. He scores important goals – they are needed. It’s not the fourth goal in a 4-0 win.

“You can see it in the British media; they really respect what he has done. Strikers can do that for a few years but he has done it consistently and it is not a fluke. Especially when your club is at rock bottom. The pressure is on, it is intense when you are down there and he delivered.”

Timber could impact forests again next season

It’s hard to imagine Wood being left on the bench next season given his influence in 2023/24.

Scoring 14 Premier League goals is no mean feat and he will be hoping for another successful season on Trentside.

Forest have a few gaps to fill in their squad and as a result, a big-money striker may not be on their radar.

Nuno Espírito Santo would probably need a younger striker to take some of the pressure off Wood and Awoniyi.

But take nothing away from Wood’s performances last season and, after a campaign of that nature, he deserves to keep his place at Forest.

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