On July 17th 2017, Middlesbrough announced the signing of Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a club-record fee of £15 million.
The 26-year-old scored his first goals for Middlesbrough against Burton Albion as he managed to find the back of the net twice in a 2-0 win on the 15th of August 2017.
A lot of supporters were over the moon with the club’s decision to splash the cash on Assombalonga, as they took to the confirmation on Twitter to express their delight over the signing.
Excellent signing. Reallly like this.
— Paul Spreadbury (@Spreaderz) July 17, 2017
Signing of the season, Gibson on fire with the cash. #UTFB
— The Mit (@Themit43) July 17, 2017
— Ryan Ivison (@ryivison1) July 17, 2017
Give us the title now @SkyBetChamp
— Nathan Wilson (@naywilson96) July 17, 2017
Good signing! Pace and power up top now
— Craig Pearn (@EGX2018) July 17, 2017
Well done Boro. Thank you mr Gibson! #UTB
— Michelle Coleman (@stumpy1982) July 17, 2017
Britt Assombalonga began his career with Watford, signing as a 17-year-old youth player. However, he wasn’t able to force his way into the first-team on a regular basis, which forced him into moving out on loan to Southend United, where he managed to enjoy two successful loan spells.
The Congo international secured a permanent move to Peterborough back in 2013. He enjoyed arguably the best season of his career yet at the Posh as he produced a whopping 33 goals and provided five assists, which caught the eye of Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Forest signed Assombalonga for an undisclosed fee in the region of £5 million back in the summer of 2014. The forward got off to a very bright start in the Midlands as he produced 15 goals in his first season, and then went on to score 14 goals over the course of what was effectively one season as he suffered a long-term injury in his second campaign.
On the 17th of July 2017, Middlesbrough secured the services of Assombalonga for a club-record £15 million.
He hit the front almost immediately during his first season at the Riverside Stadium as he scored two goals against Burton Albion in August, and then went on to find the back of the net 13 more times in what was a successful first season, apart from the fact that Boro missed out on promotion via the play-offs.
Despite his critics, he has impressed in the current campaign as the club’s top scorer with nine goals to his name. And, he will no doubt play a huge part in the second half of this season if he decides to stay at the club this month.
It comes as no surprise that supporters were buzzing with the huge news that they’d just broken their transfer record. And, it’s safe to say that he’s been rather impressive during his first season and a half at the club, with a consistent flow of goals being produced.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!