Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper praises Callum Hudson-Odoi after impressive debut against Burnley

Published on: 19 September 2023

Nottingham Forest manager, Steve Cooper has eulogized Callum Hudson-Odoi after impressing on his debut against Burnley in the Premier League.

The English-born Ghanaian joined Nottingham Forest in the just ended transfer window after ending his stay with boyhood club, Chelsea as he seeks for playing time.

Hudson-Odoi was handed a starting role on his debut and made his presence count after scoring a stunning goal to earn The Reds a point at City Ground on Monday night.

After the game, Steve Cooper singled out praises for the Ghanaian attacker for his outstanding performance for the club in their stalemate.

“Any new player will want to hit the ground running and show what they can do,” Cooper said. “We got Anthony (Elanga) and Callum in really good positions and we could have done more with them.

“I know he has quality and he can have moments of brilliance. We need that at times in the Premier League and we got one tonight. It is great for him, great for us obviously.

“He hasn’t played much football, he has trained well, but I backed him to do well tonight. He ran out of legs, I didn’t think we’d get that long out of him. We have got to push him to do more of that.

“You see goals like that in the Premier League, there is so much quality. It is a brilliant goal. We have had a few of those scored against us but we haven’t had too many of them for us. Beautiful strike, beautiful technique, great for him, great for the team. He will feel good about that.”