New Nottingham Forest signing Chris O'Grady tops team in key area

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The commitment shown in Nottingham Forest striker Chris O'Grady's early performances for the club cannot be questioned.

Chris O'Grady was a surprise deadline day signing for Nottingham Forest, and was not a player immediately had fans enthused.

O'Grady is on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, having been sent out to League One side Sheffield United last season.

Seen very much as a journeyman striker, Forest are the 14th club of the 29-year-old's career.

Yet after a man-of-the-match displays in the surprise win over QPR, O'Grady showed he can be an important contributor to the Forest cause.

In his three performances to date, O'Grady has won more duels than any Forest player this season on a per game basis, including the recently sold Michail Antonio.

  Duels won per gameAppearances
Chris O'Grady 11.67 3
Michail Antonio 11.25 4
Dexter Blackstock 6 5
Ryan Mendes 6 3
Eric Lichaj 5.88 8
Matt Mills 5.88 8
Henri Lansbury 5.57 7

O'Grady is yet to score for Forest in his opening three games, but his record has never been one of a prolific marksman.

It is positive to see fellow new boy Ryan Mendes high on the list, showing he is not shying away from taking on opponents, and winning the ball back, as he settles into English football.

If O'Grady can continue to be a nuisance for defenders up top, he can create space for Forest's midfielders to make an impact.

Forest sit just outside the top 10, and should have got a draw against Middlesbrough at the weekend had it not been for a missed penalty late on. If O'Grady can add a few goals to his performances, he could yet prove to be a good signing to help keep the attack ticking over until Britt Assombalonga returns from injury.

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