Date: 22nd June 2017 at 11:04am
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Fresh from his arrival at Nottingham Forest, Jason Cummings has been praised by former Hibernian teammate, ex-Forest forward too, Grant Holt.

Holt, scorer of 24 goals in 109 appearances for Forest, played alongside the Scottish international at Hibernian last season so knows plenty about Cummings, who joined on a three year deal for an undisclosed amount.

A natural goalscorer who would be backed ‘nine out of 10 times’ to score when he has a chance, Holt believes Cummings has the ability to have a very good career, if he can add certain elements to his game – goalscoring isn’t a concern though.

Holt told BBC Radio Nottingham: ‘He gets in fantastic positions. Nine out of 10 times, when he gets an opportunity you’ll back him to score. He’s a goalscorer. When the ball comes in the box he comes alive. He has scored bagfuls. He has stuff to work on but he is only young. He has worked a lot more on taking the ball and bringing the team up the pitch. That’s where he will get better and better. And if he can add to what he can do then he has a good career ahead of him.’

With all due respect to Scottish football, especially the Scottish Championship, it can be difficult to gage just how good Cummings actually is. However, a goalscorer will score at any level if you give them chances.

Cummings, 21, bagged 23 in 39 games for Hibernian last season as they won the Scottish Championship title.

Needing to test himself with a new challenge, Holt believes Cummings can enjoy his spell with Forest, as ex-Norwich and Aston Villa forward Holt had, but warned he could need a little time to adapt to live in the Championship.

‘He needs to test himself again. It’s a great move. That club is a sleeping giant and if he can do what I know he can do then the fans will like him,’ added Holt. ‘I knew Forest was on the radar for him. It’s a club that was fantastic for me. I loved it but it needs to be pushing get to the Premier League. Bringing in players who are hungry can only be good for the club. He scores goals for fun. Fans will have to give him a bit of breathing space because of where he has come from, but I am sure when he does find his feet the fans will take to him.’

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