On the subject of Ameobi and his form for the Midlands club so far this season including his role during their recent 3-1 win over QPR, Birtles had this to say about the player.
He said: “I think he always looks dangerous, he always looks a threat. You always fancy he can score a goal, he can create something.
“I mean, the pressure he put on to make the goal for [Alex] Mighten I thought was really impressive. How many times do you see players in those situations give a silly foul away? But he didn’t, he forced the mistake and got the ball across.”
Forest signed Ameobi back in the 2019 summer window from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer. Since arriving at Forest, the 28-year-old, who is currently valued at £1.98 million, has made 81 appearances for the club in which he has managed to score eight goals and provide 11 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
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Given how the Englishman has managed to earn himself a respectable season rating of 6.8/10 for his performances throughout the current campaign, making him Forest’s fourth-highest-rated in their squad at this moment in time, it’s easy to see why Birtles feels fairly positive about the winger.
In terms of his confidence, the fact that Ameobi has made more shots per game (2) than any other Forest player so far this season backs up Birtles claim over his confidence on the pitch, especially in an attacking sense.