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FPL new signings: Who is Nottingham Forest forward Taiwo Awoniyi?

It’s a big summer for newly-promoted Nottingham Forest and the early arrival of Taiwo Awoniyi for a club-record fee shows they aren’t messing around.

The 24-year-old forward has joined from Union Berlin for a fee believed to be around £17m. It’s a statement signing for the two-time European champions and many curious eyes will be on the former Liverpool man.

“I feel great. I feel very happy to be here. Looking at the project, it’s something I’m really looking forward to. What stood out about Forest were the meetings with the Head Coach and the discussions we had. I can see how ambitious and dedicated he is to his job.

Every striker wants to score goals, but I’m ready to work for the team, to fight for every ball, to win every challenge, that’s my style and that’s what I’m here for.” – Taiwo Awoniyi

So, where does the Nigeria international fit in at Forest and what impact will he have in Fantasy Premier League (FPL)?

We’ll attempt to answer those questions below.

THE HISTORY

SeasonTeamDivisionAppsGoalsAssists
2021/22Union BerlinBundesliga31152
2020/21Union Berlin (loan)Bundesliga2153
2019/20Mainz (loan)Bundesliga1210
2018/19Mouscron (loan)First Division A16113
2018/19Gent (loan)First Division A1600
2017/18Mouscron (loan)First Division A2995
2016/17NEC (loan)Eredivisie2131
2015/16FSV Frankfurt (loan)2. Bundesliga1311

Awoniyi was spotted as a child by former Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Seyi Olofinjana. Playing at a London football competition, the young talent was subsequently invited to join Olofinjana’s Imperial Soccer Academy.

After five years there, Liverpool signed Awoniyi and immediately sent the 18-year-old to FSV Frankfurt – the first of seven loans.

Consecutive relegations were suffered both here and at Dutch side NEC, so the next two campaigns saw him dispatched to Belgium. Despite having a bad time at Gent, it was sandwiched by two productive spells at Mouscron.

Parent club Liverpool chose to step up his progress by assigning him to top-flight German action. One Bundesliga goal arrived at Mainz before Awoniyi suffered a concussion injury against Augsburg. The forward believes he is lucky to be alive, as doctors confirmed he lost consciousness whilst falling and seemed set to land on his head. Luckily, Awoniyi’s feet hit the ground first.

His final loan spell took place at Union Berlin, impressing the club hierarchy enough to secure him permanently for £6.5m.

PlayerTeamGoalsxG
1stRobert LewandowskiBayern Munich3537.92
2ndPatrik SchickBayer Leverkusen2420.01
3rdErling HaalandBorussia Dortmund2217.03
4thAnthony ModesteKoln2016.32
Christopher NkunkuRB Leipzig2015.59
6thTaiwo AwoniyiUnion Berlin1514.85

Bundesliga goals and expected goals (xG) 2021/22


Last season was his best for goal scoring, ending on 15 from 31 league appearances. He netted in each of the first three games, then once in the Berlin derby versus Hertha and two on the final day that secured fifth spot and a place in next season’s Europa League.

Elsewhere, Awoniyi was an under-17 World Cup winner with Nigeria in 2013 and made his senior debut last October against the Central African Republic.

PLAYING STYLE

According to WhoScored, Awoniyi is superb at dribbling and finishing, which makes him a great option for counter-attacks.


Despite youth coaches being initially impressed by his physical features, the forward has settled at 6ft tall and isn’t particularly strong at aerial duels.

“One of the things we noticed about him was his height, he was really tall for his age. His mental attitude also stood out. Taiwo played like his life depended on it. He had that never-say-die attitude and he was working really hard, so we thought, ‘why not?!'” – Imperial Soccer Academy chief Atiba Bankole

The official Bundesliga site has just profiled Awoniyi for interested observers, where they compare his explosiveness and poacher’s instinct to fellow Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

NameMins per goalMins per shotMins per shot in the boxMins per shot on targetMins per chance created
Johnson23244.458104.469.6
Davis232.840.148.589.541.6
Awoniyi146.732.83668.881.5

A comparison of Awoniyi’s 2021/22 underlying stats against Brennan Johnson and Keinan Davis


WHERE AWONIYI FITS IN AT NOTTINGHAM FOREST

The successful rise of Union Berlin is due to Urs Fischer’s wing-back system, with three centre-backs, three central midfielders and two up-front.

This is similar to the formation used by Steve Cooper, which helped transform Forest from a team with just one point after seven matches into a Premier League outfit.


Although several vital players have now returned to their parent clubs – Djed Spence, James Garner, Philip Zinckernagel and Keinan Davis – Cooper is expected to stick with this successful system, meaning Awoniyi will arrive into a familiar set-up.

His intelligence is visible both on and off the pitch, having revealed that he has a Diploma in Business Administration and Marketing Management and is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree.

IS AWONIYI WORTH BUYING IN FPL?

Our Members Area allows managers to sort the Season Ticker by difficulty. Over the opening eight Gameweeks, Nottingham Forest are deemed to have the eighth-best fixture run.


Of course, a lot of their appeal depends on how well they can replace Spence and Garner alongside the general strengthening needed for play-off winners.

Awoniyi should be their first-choice forward and, if given a generous FPL price tag, could be worth exploring between Gameweeks 6 and 12, a run highlighted in our recent ‘The non-‘big six’ clubs with the best early fixtures in 2022/23‘ article.


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209 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lindelol
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Will Julián Álvarez stay at city this season or will be loaned out?

    1. jay01
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He'll be sold (private source)

      1. Lindelol
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Your Uncle still works at City cafe?

        1. jay01
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          How did you know??

          1. Lindelol
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            private source, sorry can't reveal

            1. jay01
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Hahah that was good

              1. Lindelol
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                😀

            2. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Codename: "The Tea Lady"

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Get off the sauce would be my advice

    2. D.r.a.c.o
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He's staying

      1. DavidBW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Hold your horses.

        JAY has not confirmed this yet.

        1. jay01
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          You're moving proper obsessed / weird lmao

          1. DavidBW
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Just called out your lies about being ITK.

            It’s hilarious to me. You’ll be my new favourite pet.

            1. jay01
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Again.. weird

            2. Brimble82
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              “You’re mine now Dave”

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      100% stay. Jesus gone and possibly Sterling to follow. He's a 22 year old regular full Argentina international who has already scored well in 1st team football, not 18 year old prospect. That said, don't see him as FPL material for a while.

      1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        fully agree

  2. D.r.a.c.o
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Tuchel wants a 1v1 attacking player and, as of today (and everything subject to change in a transfer window), it seems Raphinha is the most likely to be join Chelsea along with Sterling.

    1. jay01
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Who do you think will be better, Raph or Sterling?

      1. D.r.a.c.o
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Raphinha

    2. Ooh Ah Cantona
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Inazuma...If you're just going to copy+paste, it's good etiquette to give reference to who you are copying from. In this case, you've copied and pasted Matt Law from the Telegraph.

      We all have the internet, mate.

  3. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    De Jong to Man Utd - confirmed by JAY01

    He won’t reveal his sources but he’s not getting them off the clickbait articles on google.

    1. jay01
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Hes going to Leeds

    2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      It's given us a break from RMTs based on made up prices I suppose 😀

      1. Brimble82
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        🙂

  4. Worsle90
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Where can I see valuation predictions?
    Thanks in advance