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Steve Cooper advises Taiwo Awoniyi, others on Nottingham Forest return to the Premier League

Steve Cooper advises Taiwo Awoniyi, others on Nottingham Forest return to the Premier League

Nottingham Forest return to the Premier League for the first time since the 1998/99 season, to bring to an end their 23-year absence from the English top-flight.

Despite being a historic club both in the local scene and in Europe, Nottingham Forest could not orchestrate a return to the Premier League after finishing bottom of the league during the 98/99 season.

After leading the Forests’ back to the league, Cooper stated that his team are raring to hit the Premier League challenge head-on after a long time away.

As reported by This Day, Cooper said: “There are a number of emotions. There is excitement and everyone is looking forward to the challenge of the Premier League, it has been a long time coming.

“There is focus. We are under no illusions and it will be incredibly tough, game in, game out. Everyone is trying to get as prepared as possible.

Cooper went on to charge Awoniyi and other Nottingham Forest players that they need to believe in themselves to overcome the challenge that comes with playing in the Premier League.

“You have to try to thrive off the challenge. So many players and staff work to try to get an opportunity in the Premier League. We don’t want to have negative emotions going into it,” Cooper continued.

“We really believe in our work – what we can do – and that we can be more than a good match against any opponent.

“We have to believe in our work, ourselves. If we don’t then why should anyone else? We will have that approach and other objectives internally.”

Awoniyi is one of 12 new players that Nottingham Forest have signed during the 2022 transfer window as the club tries to make an assault on the Premier League in their season back.

Other than the Super Eagles star, Jesse Lingard arrived as a free agent from Manchester United as well Neco Williams also arrived from Liverpool and Bayern Munich’s Omar Richards.

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