Britt Assombalonga has recently reflected on his time at Nottingham Forest, with plenty of fans left calling for the striker to return to the City Ground.
Assombalonga instantly hit the ground running at the City Ground, scoring 15 goals in his first 27 games for the club before injuries took their toll on his career.
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A dislocated knee and a ligament injury both came at once in a 3-0 home win over Wigan, and since then, Assombalonga has somewhat lacked that sharpness he once had in abundance.
Now at Middlesbrough, the forward has netted 37 goals in 120 appearances for the Teesside outfit, scoring 30 goals in 69 games during a three-year stay in the East Midlands.
He said: “I really enjoyed my time (at Forest). I was really excited signing at (the club).
“Everything happens for a reason and you’ve got to stay positive. It was hard, it was a big injury for me.
“I got told by the surgeon that I probably wouldn’t be able to play again – hearing that is tough, you’ve just moved, I was top goalscorer on 15 goals.
“Hearing that from the surgeon, it took me back and it made me think about life while at the same time wanting to prove him wrong and that’s what I did.
When I scored that goal, for me, it felt like the ground was shaking there was that much noise. The packed stadium at the City Ground was amazing. The best one.”
Plenty of Forest fans have now listened to what Assombalonga has had to say, with plenty in agreement on the prospects of him ever returning to the City Ground.
Here’s what they had to say via the Nottingham Forest News page on Facebook…
Gareth Davies: I’d be tempted to make an offer for him in the summer, Boro lose their parachute payments this summer and dependent on whether the season resumes or not aren’t clear of relegation either and could still go down, so will need to offload players and cut their wage bill in either scenario. I can see him being available for a fraction of what Boro paid for him
Curtis Taylor: He looked good alongside Antonio, look how may chances he’s missed this season, we don’t create lots so need a clinical striker who can finish
John Dobney: Helped keep us up that final day against Ipswich That was after the serious career threatening injury Still think he would be good at right price, carnt be any worse than a lot of the clowns we’ve tried in recent years.
John Dobney: Amazed how many sitters he has missed against us, for Middlesbrough. Especially first year.
Chris Clark: He is a fantastic player and goal scorer, always felt something would happen when he got the ball.
Paul McGee: I’d have him back like a shot. If we could get him for about 5m great. Wages could be a problem though
John Brodie: I’d like him back, would delight my lad.
Alex Bastian: He would love to come back! Nottingham Forest I served him just before lockdown and he said he would love to come back! Make it happen….