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Celtic: Hoops keen on signing Britt Assombalonga

Celtic: Hoops keen on signing Britt Assombalonga

Celtic are among several clubs declaring an interest in Middlesbrough forward and DR Congo international Britt Assombalonga.

The Northern Echo reported that Celtic were keen on signing the 26-year-old, who has also been the subject of interest from Sheffield United, Bristol City, Fulham and Cardiff.

Assombalonga joined Middlesbrough two years ago for a club record fee of £15million.

In his two seasons at the Riverside Stadium, Assombalonga has a scoring ratio of one every three games, having netted 14 times in 42 Championship appearances last season and 15 in 46 games the previous campaign.

His ratio for league goals is inferior to Celtic centre forward Odsonne Edouard, who finished the season with 15 goals in 32 Scottish Premiership games, just shy of one every two matches.

Assombalonga’s scoring rate from last season was better than that of Leigh Griffiths, who scored two goals from 11 league appearances, one per 5.5 games. However, the 28-year-old was unavailable from December onwards, taking a break from football due to personal issues.

The DR Congo striker also fared significantly worse than Edouard in terms of chance creation, failing to record a single assist last season. By contrast, the Celtic man set up eight goals in all competitions.

One area where Assombalonga has a distinct edge on the Celtic striking duo, however, is in terms of aerial ability.

Since joining Middlesbrough in 2017, he has scored nine goals from headers, including six in his first campaign.

In the last two years, Griffiths has registered four headed goals while Edouard has only one, despite being the most prolific of the three players last season.

What makes Assombalonga’s superiority in terms of headed goals even more noteworthy is that he is the shortest of the three strikers at 5 ft 11 (1.77m). Griffiths stands at 6 ft (1.8m) while Edouard, despite his inferior headed goals tally, measures 6 ft 3 (1.87m).

While Assombalonga may not be as potent as Edouard and could have to bide his time on the bench, he would still bring a decent scoring ratio with him to Celtic if Neil Lennon moves for him.

Also, his aerial threat should offer the Hoops a welcome Plan B in games where they are struggling to break teams down.

Celtic fans, would you be happy if Assombalonga signed for your club? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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