Nottingham Forest already possess a player who is 'unbelievably rare'

Nottingham Forest striker Chris Wood is 'in a certain echelon of player', his former international teammate and compatriot Ryan Nelsen believes. Striker Wood, 31, scored 14 Premier League goals last season and in doing so played a significant role in ensuring that the Reds remained in the top flight for what will be a third year in succession.

New Zealander Wood stands head and shoulders above his compatriots if you're measuring the success rate of Kiwis in the Premier League. Indeed Nelsen - formerly of Blackburn and Tottenham - would also be considered among the better exports, but Wood has 69 top flight goals to his name and has taken on the responsibility of leading his national team too - the centre forward has scored an impressive 38 goals in 87 appearances.

Wood, who cost Forest around £15m when he joined on a permanent basis from Newcastle United last summer, has already gone a long way to rewarding the investment and faith shown in him by the club after he'd been left on the fringes of Eddie Howe's Magpies squad. This period of Wood's career arrived after an extended and particularly fruitful spell at Burnley, where he hit double figures in the top flight for four successive years.

For Nelsen, you cannot underestimate the career Wood has had, and continues to have in a Garibaldi red shirt - Wood hasn't ever operated in a top Premier League outfit, but has continuously produced for various sides who have needed his supply of goals to stave off relegation, over an extended period of time.

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“We might not see it again,” Nelsen told the New Zealand Herald. “You might not see that from an Australian footballer again, or bigger football markets. This is a level of play that a lot of countries might not get a player to, even though there are hundreds of millions of young boys around the world that want to do what Chris has done.

“Obviously, I hope it does get beaten. He has done things that people thought were impossible for a New Zealand striker, but it isn’t because he has done it. He gets important goals – they are needed. It’s not the fourth goal in a 4-0 win.

“You can see it in the British media; they really respect what he has done. Strikers can do it for a couple of years but he has done it consistently and it’s not a fluke. Especially when your club is down the bottom. The pressure is on, it’s intense when you are down there and he delivered.

“To get double digits as a striker in the Premier League consistently is unbelievably rare. It just doesn’t happen. You are in a certain echelon of player. It’s a credit to his perseverance, from when he started out, to be in this situation.

“What he is doing is one of the most difficult things in football. It’s the hardest league to score goals in, you’re up against the best defenders and goalkeepers in the world. I don’t think people realise what he has achieved and what he is still achieving.”

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