I can't wait to get started in the Premier League - Awoniyi
Super Eagles forward, Taiwo Awoniyi cannot wait any longer to make his Premier League debut for the newcomers, Nottingham Forest next weekend.
Awoniyi became the latest Nigerian export into the Premier League after Steve Cooper’s side paid a reported £17m for the Nigerian international - following a stellar season with Bundesliga side, Union Berlin.
The former Liverpool star who scored 20 goals in 43 games across all competitions last season for Union Berlin, is hoping for a big season in the Premier League.
“I’ve been through a lot in my career to get here and I know it’s not everyone that will get to fulfill their life ambition. I am here now and I know there will be another young player in Africa who will be dreaming of playing on this stage.
“The hard work starts now and I can’t wait to get started.”
The 24-year-old also believes his arrival at the newly-promoted Nottingham Forest will attract fans from Africa’s most populous nation to the club.
“Our fans love to watch and support Nigerians playing in the Premier League and I believe some of them will try to create a Nottingham Forest fanbase, too,” Awoniyi continued.
“I know Nigerians like some clubs already, but when you have one of their own and play attractive football, you will automatically get them on your side.
“I believe they will support us, and of course, I have my friends and family who were already waiting for me to play in England. It will be an exciting one for them.”
After a 23 year absence from the Premier League, The Reds will kickstart their campaign against Newcastle at the Saint James' Park next weekend.