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Is youth the way forward for Nottingham Forest if Assombalonga departs?

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Nottingham Forest face the real possibility of losing top scorer Britt Assombalonga this summer,with Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk reportedly willing to splash as much as £15 million on the influential striker.

The prospect of Assombalonga departing will cause Forest manager Mark Warburton many sleepless nights in the coming weeks, and the former Rangers boss must now consider how he will replace the goals that would be lost by the 24-year-old’s move to the north east.

Warburton will certainly be given funding from any deal for Assombalonga to reinvest in a new marksman, but may feel that promoting from within could be a feasible option this summer.

18-forward Ben Brereton has emerged from the club’s youth system as one of the most exciting prospects in the division, and after finding the net three times in the league for the Reds last season, will kick off the new campaign of furthering his tally.

The youngster is currently in Georgia with England’s U19 set up at the European Championships, and has been phenomenal in the tournament thus far, scoring the winner against Holland before adding a further two goals in the 4-1 thrashing of fierce rivals Germany.

Brereton undoubtedly knows how to find the back of the net, and easily has the potential to score ten plus goals in the second tier next season, in what would be a phenomenal return for an 18 year old.

A lot of faith will be put into the striker next season, who could find himself leading the line at times.

Forest have a core of young talent emerging as first team regulars, with Brereton up top joined by Zach Clough in the midfield, and Joe Worrall at the heart of the defence.

Warburton will continue to encourage the growth and development of his young guns, although another striker will be paramount to any success the club has if Assombalonga departs, as the weight and pressure of an entire Championship campaign cannot be thrust onto such young shoulders.

There is no doubt that Brereton will play a vital role at Forest next season, and alongside a new top striker Warburton will bring in with money to spare from the Assombalonga deal, Forest should easily avoid a relegation scrap next season.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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