Zaire-born Britt Assombalonga signed for Nottingham Forest in August 2004, moving from Peterborough for a club record fee thought to be around £5.2-£5.5m.
Playing only half-a-season, the powerful forward suffered a knee injury against Wigan, one that was so serious that he was forced to undergo an operation that eventually kept him out for 14 months.
Before his injury, Assombalonga played 29 Championship games for Forest, netting 15 goals – adding to the common knowledge that he was prolific in front of goal. This promise has led Forest head coach Paul Williams to say that there is much more to come from the hotshot striker.
Assombalonga returned from his 61-game injury layoff on April 19, playing the final six minutes of the 1-1 draw against Blackburn before also turning out for one minute in the 3-1 win against Fulham. A longer spell on the field of 21 minutes against Wolves was the prelude to a 29 minute run out against MK Dons in a 2-1 victory where he scored the winning goal.
On the back of this successful return to Forest colours, Williams told the Nottingham Post that Assombalonga “can fire as many as 30 goals for Nottingham Forest next season, if the club can get the striker firing on all cylinders in pre-season.”
Speaking of the welcome scoring return of Assombalonga to the Forest line-up, Williams says that this is just the start and that someone like him should be “looking at 25 to 30 goals a season.”
Assombalonga himself was relieved at scoring, telling the Post that he kind of knew that it would happen and that he felt that he was destined to score in the season’s final game. Speaking of his goal, Assombalonga said: “I left it to the last game to score, but I have had a great morning today. I can’t explain it, but everything was just going for me. I was winning at cards, I was throwing empty bottles into a bin from miles away, I was just on fire with everything I touched. I just felt as though it was a good day for me.”