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‘A shadow of the player he once was’ – Nottingham Forest ready to join summer transfer race for free agent: The verdict

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Nottingham Forest are the latest club to shown an interest in Britt Assombalonga, who will be a free agent in the summer.

The striker is currently contracted to Middlesbrough, but he is set to leave in the summer and won’t be involved in the final two games under Neil Warnock.

Therefore, the striker will already be planning his next move, and The Athletic claim that a return to the City Ground could be on the cards, with Forest joining other Championship clubs and Rangers in monitoring Assombalonga.

But, would he be a good addition for the Reds? Our writers share their thoughts…

Jacob Potter

I’m not too sure about this one.

Assombalonga hasn’t exactly been in the best of form for Middlesbrough in recent seasons, and I have my doubts as to whether he’d be a regular starter for Chris Hughton’s side.

Nottingham Forest already have some strong options in attack, and I don’t think Assombalonga would be an upgrade on Lewis Grabban at this moment in time.

You would imagine that Assombalonga is likely to be on hefty wages as well, which would surely mean that a move to the City Ground wouldn’t suit the Reds.

There are more cost-effective options out there for Forest this summer, that’s for certain.

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George Dagless

I think there’d be a chance for him to get into the starting XI but it all depends on what route Forest go down this summer.

They’re yet again getting linked with a tonne of players and if they sign someone like Jerry Yates as well and involve Brennan Johnson more, as well as retain Lewis Grabban, where does Assombalonga fit in?

It seems quite likely that Lyle Taylor is going to be on the move this summer so a spot in the squad opens up at least for the former Middlesbrough man, but we’ll have to see whether he’s still got the ability he has shown in the past.

On a free, though, it’s worth a look at least.

George Harbey

I’m not a fan of this whatsoever to be entirely honest.

Assombalonga was excellent for Forest in the early stages of his time at the City Ground, but injuries really damaged him and I don’t think he’s recovered since then.

His move to Boro was controversial, and for me, he’s a shadow of the player he once was.

He’s likely to be really big wages, and with Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor already at the club, he would be another ageing, established striker.

They need to change their direction and target an up and coming player.


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