, Nottingham Forest: Assombalonga blasts back; stats and Twitter reaction

Nottingham Forest: Assombalonga blasts back; stats and Twitter reaction

Britt Assombalonga was a goal machine for Peterborough United, the now 23-year-old smashing 33 goals in 58 appearances across all competitions for the Posh before his ‘big money’ move to Championship side Nottingham Forest in August 2014 for a reported £5.5m.

However, Wednesday February 11 2015, only four months after joining Forest, the youngster horrifically injured his knee whilst shooting in a match against Wigan. At that point in the 2014/15 Championship season, Assombalonga had already plundered 15 goals in 29 Championship games.

The injury suffered that day required an operation that kept him out of football for over a year before a return at the tail-end the 2015/16 season and a six-minute run out against Blackburn Rovers. In all Assombalonga got in 57 minutes in the last four games of the season, including 29 minutes to round out the game against the already relegated MK Dons, an appearance which included a comeback goal (below)for the striker.

Today, Nottingham Forest entertained Championship newcomers Burton Albion at The City Ground with Britt Assombalonga playing a Man-of-the-Match role and scoring a brace of goals in an enthralling 4-3 Forest victory. However, it wasn’t so much the goals as much as this was his first fully competitive 90 minutes since suffering his horrific knee injury and long-term lay-off.

A game by numbers- Britt Assombalonga vs Burton Albion
  • Touches: 23
  • Shots: 3 (2 on target – 66% accuracy – 100% goal conversion)
  • Dribbles: 1 (1 successfully completed)
  • Possession Losses: 4 (1 unsuccessful touch/3 dispossessed)
  • Passes: 11 attempts (8 successful passes – 72.7% accuracy)
  • Fouled: 1
  • Offside: 2
Stats derived Britt Assombalonga player profile page (‘Current Participations/Detailed’) on WhoScored.com

Despite limited touches over the whole game Assombalonga’s general contribution, including his two goals definitely caught the eye of neutral observers and Forest fans alike. Here’s a selection of their views on Britt Assombalonga and today’s game.

Twitter Reaction – Britt Assombalonga’s contribution vs Burton Albion

Sam points out just what a good reader of the game Assombalonga is.

James says it is obvious that the Forest player has been doing his strength and conditioning work in the pre-season.

Danny keeps it short, sharp and simple.

Ben sees Assombalonga as Premier League quality.

Mitch is another observer who keeps it nice and simple in his praise for the Nottingham Forest striker.

But not as simple as the admiration that Dyl has for him.

However, Hull Reds has a feeling, a horrible feeling that Assombalonga’s prowess is going to bring bigger teams to his doorstep looking for a goal-scorer.

https://twitter.com/HullTrickies/status/762015636931371008

Tongue-in-cheek it may be but Kenny does have a point. Should the Forest striker continue to perform like today then it won’t be long before the cheque books come out.

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