Roarie Deacon justifies Nottingham Forest, Fulham links with sparkling form

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton

Sutton United talisman Roarie Deacon deserves a second stab at the big time - and Nottingham Forest or Fulham may give him that opportunity.

Sutton's Roarie Deacon scores their first goal

Roarie Deacon certainly put himself in the shop window throughout Sutton United’s historic run to the FA Cup fifth round.

Released by Arsenal as a youngster, the 25-year-old may not have capped his cup journey with a fairytale winner against his former club, although he did rattle the bar as Sutton lost 2-0 at Gander Green Lane, but the talented forward clearly did enough to prove that he belongs at a higher level.

And, according to The Sun, Deacon could even step up three divisions in the summer with Nottingham Forest and Fulham aiming to convince him to swap the National League for the Championship.

Deacon, who will be out of contract in the summer, proved his second-tier credentials with an influential performance in the 1-0 win against Leeds United in the Third Round. And it’s not as if he only turns up for the cameras either.

New Antonio?

With Sutton forced to face reality again since Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott brought their dream to an end, the one-time Sunderland attacker has remained in impressive form. He’s in his most prolific scoring run of the season, netting four times in seven fixtures after hitting the same amount in the 40 games previously.

Sutton's Roarie Deacon celebrates scoring their first goal

He’s scored big goals too, including a last minute equaliser against league leaders and fellow FA Cup fairytale protagonists Lincoln City earlier this month.

Doubts will always persist over whether Deacon can make the grade in the Championship. Especially with Fulham harbouring Premier League ambitions and boasting the league’s most prolific attack.

Yet, Nottingham Forest should be more than aware of the benefits of giving a non-league star a chance. After all, former Tooting and Mitcham forward Michail Antonio enjoyed a prolific season at the City Ground in 2014/15.

Bournemouth's Shaun MacDonald and Nottingham Forest's Michail Antonio in action

And Deacon could follow a similar path.

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