Nottingham Forest supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side throw-away a two-goal lead in the Championship on Wednesday night.
Aitor Karanka’s men went into their encounter with Millwall at the City Ground having lost just one of their opening ten league matches, albeit only winning three. Yet they looked on course for a fourth victory as goals from Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho fired them into a 2-0 lead, only for Neil Harris’ Lions to hit back through Shaun Williams and Lee Gregory to secure a 2-2 draw from the encounter, a result which kept Forest 11th in the Championship table.
Thus, there have been many frustrated Forest fans up and down the country in recent times, although several will be hoping their side improve over the course of the campaign following the many additions their team made during the summer transfer window.
Yet one of their better deals came little over 12 months ago, as although the East Midlands giants sold Britt Assombalonga, one of the most prolific strikers in the division, to Middlesbrough, they earned £15.39 million (as per Transfermarkt) from the deal.
And given the striker’s injury woes throughout his time at the City Ground, and thus the lack of trust Forest could place in his services, they did extremely well to make a £9.18 million profit from his exit.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old made the move to Forest back in 2014 from Peterborough United for £6.21 million (as per Transfermarkt), with his excellent goal-scoring record at London Road in League One convincing the Forest hierarchy that he could do a job in the Championship.
And they weren’t wrong given Assombalonga bagged 30 goals in just 65 league appearances for Forest during his three-year stint in the East Midlands, netting 15 in his first season to help the club to a 14th place finish, before adding 14 in his final campaign as they narrowly avoided relegation.
However, the sheer fact that he mustered just 65 appearances in three seasons at the City Ground underlines just what a good call it was to cash in on the one-time DR Congo international, as he simply was too injury-prone to be relied upon during his time at the club.
Yes, when he was fit and firing, there were few better forwards in the second tier than the 25-year-old, but that simply didn’t happen on a regular enough basis to prompt Forest to rebuff Boro’s £15.39 million move for the striker.
Ironically, Assombalonga went on to appear in all 46 of Middlesbrough’s matches in the second tier last season, netting 15 goals along the way, to suggest that he might be getting over his injury troubles – he has started this term brightly as well.
Nonetheless, his injury problems at Forest were clearly of concern to the club’s hierarchy, which is why they did extremely well out in making a £9.18 million profit on the striker when he left little over 12 months ago.
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