Nottingham Forest's coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, disclosed that he initially did not intend to include Taiwo Awoniyi in the team during their 2-1 loss to Arsenal.
Taking charge of Forest last month, Nuno, 50, secured three victories in his first four games against Manchester United, Newcastle, and Blackpool after succeeding Steve Cooper.
Awoniyi, recovering from a groin issue that kept him out of AFCON 2023 with Nigeria, was unexpectedly brought into action due to Chris Wood's injury at the start of the second half.
In a post-match interview, Nuno expressed his happiness about Awoniyi's return, stating it was not the plan to play him for many minutes given his limited training sessions. However, the circumstances with Chris Wood's injury led to the decision to field him, resulting in positive contributions.
With injuries to Wood and Origi, Awoniyi's timely return provided essential options for Nottingham Forest. Nuno emphasized the importance of having multiple strikers available, mentioning that Awoniyi, along with others, had limited training sessions but were reintegrated into the group for additional depth.
Currently placed 16th in the Premier League table, Nottingham Forest is just two points above 18th-placed Everton. The return of players like Awoniyi is crucial for bolstering options and strategies in their bid to maintain a favorable position in the league.