Britt Assombalonga signed for Nottingham Forest for £5.5 million in 2014 and would become one of the best strikers the club had seen for many years.

He’d only been spearheading the Forest attack for a few months and some supporters were already comparing him to Stan Collymore.

 

Assombalonga netted 30 goals for the Reds in 69 games before leaving for Middlesbrough for £15 million in 2017.

It was a real hammer blow for Forest to lose their talisman but ultimately Boro activating his release clause meant the Reds had no choice.

As professional football takes a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Nottingham Forest News took a look at Assombalonga’s best five goals for the Reds,

Derby County (A)

Forest trailed the Rams by a goal to nil in a game played just 10 months after a 5-0 drubbing at Pride Park.

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When Henri Lansbury put through his own net in the first half, it seemed that Forest would fold.

Assombalonga restored parity in the second half, however, bundling home a loose ball following a Ben Osborn free-kick.

He sprinted off towards the away end and his chest pointing celebration had the Rams supporters up in arms.

Derby County (H)

Some months before that game at Forest’s fierce rivals, Assombalonga had adhered himself fo the home supporters with a brilliant goal against Derby in a 1-1 City Ground draw.

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After receiving a pass from Michail Antonio with his back to goal he turned and planted an unstoppable effort beyond Lee Grant.

It was the epitome of an Assombalonga strike as he showed his lethal instinct and even when not facing the goal he always knew where the back of the net was.

Fulham (H)

Assombalonga left the field with the match ball after a 5-3 win over Fulham in 2014.

His third goal was superb and showed his natural instinct of being in the right place at the right time.

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A delicious cross from Henri Lansbury was met by the forehead of Assombalonga who crashed his header against the post, before tapping in the rebound.

It might look a simple goal on the face of things but it sealed his only hat-trick in a Forest shirt and completed a stunning turnaround from 3-2 down.

Ipswich (H)

Although the achievement of staying up at the end of the 2016/17 season is hardly worth remembering considering the history of Nottingham Forest, the game saw Assombalonga score his last two goals at the club.

His first set Forest on the way. A well-taken penalty planted high into the Ipswich net but his second was a real beauty.

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He picked the ball up around 25 yards from goal relatively wide on the left and with nothing in the way of support, he made his way towards goal.

Assombalonga used all his power to thrash a stunning effort into the net and the noise of the net cracking at the sheer power and the pure relief in the stands was there for all to hear.

Reading (H)

Assombalonga scored all different types of goals during his time at Forest and the beauty of this one was that it came off his head.

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A 4-0 win over the Royals in August 2014 saw Assombalonga grab himself two goals.

His second after a cross from Lansbury once again was met by the Forest talisman and his header crashed beyond Ali Al-Habsi before he could even move.

 

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