Super Eagles forward Taiwo Awoniyi stands on the brink of a significant landmark as he eyes his eighth consecutive Premier League goal when Nottingham Forest takes on Chelsea this Saturday, Soccernet.ng reports.
Awoniyi’s potential feat would etch his name in history as he aims to break the record for the most consecutive Premier League games scored in by an African player in the EPL.
In his last outing, Awoniyi found the net during a tough 3-2 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford, marking his seventh consecutive game with a goal.
This remarkable streak made him the first Nottingham Forest player to score in seven straight Premier League games.
It also placed him in the esteemed company of Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah and former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor as the only Africans to achieve this milestone.
Awoniyi’s scoring spree also catapults him to the forefront among Nigerian players in the English top-flight league, surpassing Osaze Odemwingie’s record of five consecutive games.
The 26-year-old has now accumulated nine goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.
The former Union Berlin star has already found the net in matches against Arsenal, Sheffield United, and Manchester United this term.
Despite Forest’s challenging task against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, history favours them, having secured two draws against the Blues in the 2022/23 Premier League season, thanks in part to Awoniyi’s contributions.
Awoniyi’s impressive record, with 13 goals in 30 Premier League matches, suggests he could play a vital role in Forest’s bid to maintain their Premier League status this season.