The 25-year-old Nigeria international has been sidelined since the start of the year after sustaining the groin problem.
Browsing: Taiwo Awoniyi
The Nigerian, a member of the Super Eagles, is in his second spell in the division after spending some time with Liverpool.
The striker was put in front of the press after the 1-0 victory over the Saints at St Mary’s Stadium that took Forest to 15th in the Premier League.
Awoniyi signed for Forest in the summer. He cost the club £17 million and was expected to take the Premier League by storm after his 18-goal haul in the Bundesliga during 2021/22.
The Nigerian international broke the deadlock at the City Ground in the 55th minute to give the Reds a surprise lead.
Awoniyi spent six years at Liverpool between 2015 and 2021 but his career at Anfield was largely spent out on loan as he was unable to gain a work permit after he signed for the Reds from Imperial Soccer Academy for a fee of £400,000.
The 25-year-old made the £17.5million switch to Trentside from Union Berlin, becoming the club’s record transfer before Morgan Gibbs-White’s £42.5m arrival. He was handed his first start at the City Ground and it could not have gone better as he secured the winner against West Ham.
The Nigeria international believes his arrival at will attract fans from Africa’s most populous nation to the club.
The 24-year-old international has joined Forest from Bundesliga side Union Berlin for a club record fee and is tied down to the Reds until the summer of 2027. He is Forest’s first signing of the summer, with Man United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, set to follow suit soon.
The Premier League newcomers broke their transfer record to sign Awoniyi from Union Berlin on Saturday, with Forest understood to have paid around £17m for the 24-year-old, who bagged 15 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season.
The 24-year-old Nigerian has joined Steve Cooper’s side for £17.5 million and has signed a five-year contract.
He joined on a five-year deal from Union Berlin for a club record fee following impressive campaign for the Bundesliga club.
The 24-year-old Awoniyi is linked with a move to promoted English Premier League club, Nottingham Forest.
Awoniyi scored 15 goals to help Union Berlin punch above their weight in the Bundesliga last season and is thought to have set his heart on a move to the Premier League, despite interest from RB Leipzig. He is expected cost about £17.5million (N9.2billion).
Forest is keen to invest after sealing promotion via the Championship play-offs and Awoniyi has proven himself at top flight level by netting 15 goals in the Bundesliga during the recently concluded 2021/22 campaign.
The Nigeria international started his professional career with Liverpool but never played a first-team game for the club.
The 24 year-old Nigeria international was sold by Liverpool only last summer and his form has attracted interest from back in the Premier League.
Awoniyi had been stuck on nine Bundesliga goals for several weeks, with the former Liverpool signing not hitting the net for Urs Fischer’s men since scoring in the 2-1 defeat of RB Leipzig on December 3, a run of 444 minutes.
Awoniyi was on the books at Liverpool for several years, but never managed to play competitively in England due to work permit issues.
The Nantes of France star beats other top performers like Kelechi Iheanacho, Joe Aribo and Taiwo Awoniyi to the award.