Andy Hinchcliffe compares Michail Antonio to Bakary Sako

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Andy Hinchcliffe says Nottingham Forest’s Michail Antonio is similar to ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers star Bakary Sako, now at Crystal Palace.

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Andy Hinchcliffe has been singing the praises of Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio on Skysports.com.

Antonio is one of the best players in the Championship and arguably the best in the current Forest squad.

The 25-year-old’s future at the City Ground has recently come under speculation, with Championship side Derby County and Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion both reported to be interest in him by The Sun.

In fact, the British tabloid claimed last week that the former Wednesday winger has gone on strike and wants a pay rise if he is not allowed to leave Forest before the end of the summer transfer window (click here to read more).

Hinchcliffe has highlighted the need for the Reds to keep hold of Antonio and has compared his quality to that of Bakary Sako, who left Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of last season and joined Premier League club Crystal Palace on a free transfer earlier this month.

“Forest boss Dougie Freedman will be thinking unless they get a seriously big bid, then they need to try their best to keep hold of him,” the former Wednesday defender wrote on Skysports.com last week.

“He’s like Bakary Sako, he can make a good team very good with what he can do with his pace and power.

“If he scores 15-20 goals this season there there will be no way they can keep hold of him because the offers will come in like they did with Sako at Wolves.”

Sako was one of the best players for Wolves last season and was key in them finishing seventh in the Championship.

The Mali international attacking midfielder, who can also play as a winger, scored 15 goals and created 60 chances in 41 league matches for Kenny Jackett’s side during the 2014-15 campaign.

Antonio scored 14 goals and created 62 chances in 46 Championship matches for Forest last season.

So far this campaign, the winger has scored one goal and created seven chances in three league appearances.

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