Swansea City loanee Sam Surridge hasn’t had the easiest start to life at The Liberty Stadium after joining on loan from AFC Bournemouth, however he is doing himself no harm when he gets an opportunity this season.
Manager Steve Cooper has rarely trusted Surridge to provide the goods from the start this season, just one league start and three Carabao Cup starts to his name during the first three months of the season.
The 21-year-old netted his second league goal of the season with a last-minute header against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, and here we take a look at the forward’s season so far…
The striker has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the leagues so far during his career, having been on loan with the likes of Poole Town and Yeovil Town in the past three years.
Now an England under-21 international, Surridge continues to take the Championship by the scruff of his neck when he gets some vital minutes on the pitch, and it won’t be long before Cooper is able to trust his young loanee to do the business from the start.
Standing at 6’3″, the AFC Bournemouth loanee may seem like he is in the mould of a typical target man, however he is much more than that when he steps onto the pitch.
Surridge is able to run the channels successfully and he isn’t scared of taking somebody on when he’s up front and waiting for the support, instead of waiting for the bodies to get up alongside him as shown by his seven successful dribbles.
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The 21-year-old is one of the Championship’s more clinical strikers throughout the campaign so far, having netted five goals from seven shots on target in all competitions as he normally finds the net when inside the area.
The striker isn’t afraid of using his height and added physicality to ruffle up opposing defenders, and his height perhaps underlines the technical quality that Surridge can bring to a team.
Despite only being a bench option for a Championship side so far this season, Surridge will be more than pleased with the way that his season, and his career, is panning out.