Nottingham Forest fans react to links with Sutton United's Roarie Deacon

Sutton United's Roarie Deacon scores their second goal

The 25-year-old could be offered a route back into the football league with Nottingham Forest after starring against Arsenal.

Sutton's Roarie Deacon scores their first goal

At 25 years of age, Sutton United’s FA Cup journey could have rather substantial repercussions for one Roarie Deacon. In Monday night’s still surreal clash with Arsenal, the club where he started his career as a 16-year-old, the sprightly winger seized his opportunity with both hands in front of the watching nation.

Sure, there was the odd wild cross but Deacon looked every inch a player worth a second chance. And, according to The Sun, Nottingham Forest are considering offering him that opportunity.

The former England Under-19 international, who starred against Leeds United in the previous round, ran Arsenal ragged at times at Gander Green Lane, rattling the crossbar with the sweetest of second half strikes. This is perhaps the true magic of the FA Cup; giving a fresh start to a player forced to drop into non-league to keep his career alive.

And while two breakneck, one off performances are hardly enough to suggest that he could cut it at Championship level for an entire season, it seems Deacon did more than enough to convince Forest fans that he is worth a punt with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

Owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi may have left fans enraged at times for prioritising affordable alternatives and free agents over investment designed to improve the quality of the squad but, in Deacon’s case, this is one cheap deal they may be willing to accept.

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi

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