Without question, as a club, we enjoyed a tremendous summer transfer window. To Aitor Karanka and the board’s credit, they successfully identified numerous players that have elevated the quality of our squad, and one player that has enjoyed a flourishing start to his Nottingham Forest career is Hillal Soudani.
When the club announced the signing of Soudani during the summer, there was considerable excitement surrounding the transfer due to his profile and his prolific goal-scoring record. In 197 appearances for Dinamo Zagreb, the forward amassed a highly impressive total of 86 goals. Moreover, the 30-year-old had also testified his ability to thrive on the international stage having scored a commendable total of 22 goals in 49 caps for Algeria.
With this in mind, much was expected over the experienced forward, and so far, Soudani hasn’t disappointed. In his first three games for the club, the Algerian has scored two goals – both of which were utterly crucial to our cause.
His first Forest goal secured all three points against Reading, while his second salvaged a valuable point away at Wigan Athletic. By comparison, Lewis Grabban has yet to find the back of the net for us, and Soudani’s propensity of scoring important goals could be of incontestable significance this season.
At the age of 30, he is vastly experienced and versatile; he can operate as a centre-forward or out on the wing. Most impressive of all is the fact that Soudani has amassed two goals in three substitute appearances in the Championship – which equates to 75 minutes of action. If the forward can continue finding the back of the net with regularity, then he surely must start games for us.
While Grabban is undoubtedly a talented individual – who enjoyed a tremendous campaign last season – it’s vital that players are chosen on merit as opposed to their status or price tag.
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