Peterborough United and Nottingham Forest fans are satisfied after Britt Assombalonga’s record-breaking deal was completed yesterday.
Forest smashed their transfer record on the striker who managed to notch 33 goals for Posh in the previous season, by signing him for a fee thought to be of around £6 million.
It is a massive expenditure on someone who is still relatively unproven in English football – given his goalscoring exploits have been in the lower two divisions – and it is because of this that Posh fans appear rather at ease with losing their star.
The League One promotion hopefuls are unquestionably weaker for Assombalonga’s departure, but there is a realism that the price for their prized asset has reached such a high level that it had to be accepted.
The Congolese forward had taken the division by storm last season with his pace and power, but there is still plenty for him to work on before he is the finished article and it is a big gamble that Forest have undertaken by signing him.
Assombalonga’s finishing prowess is unquestionable, as is his ability off the ball, but he often struggles to link-up with his team-mates and when the rest of the team isn’t playing to their optimum levels he can be caught on the periphery of games.
The hope for Forest is that he will be able to score the goals to enable them to mount a promotion challenge and finally make it to the top tier once again – something they have been craving for some time now.
And, it seems that Forest fans are happy with the deal to sign one of the Football League’s hottest properties.
Here is some of the best reactions to Assombalonga’s move on Twitter.
I love Britt, he has been great for #pufc but for £5.5M, I would fly him to Nottingham on the back of a unicorn.— Jamie Jones (@jones_jamie) August 6, 2014
Britt Assombalonga isn't irreplaceable, we will replace like we have many times before.— Jarred Farmer (@JarredFarmer) August 6, 2014
People saying Britt was/is our best player, I disagree. He was our most valuable, for sure, but not most important. We will move on. #pufc— Craig Lyons (@mrcraiglyons) August 6, 2014
Good luck Britt. Sad to see him go but after scoring 30 odd goals would have been hard to keep him. Great deal for the club too #pufc— Connor (@McEwen1171) August 6, 2014
Just looking at Britt Assombalonga's YouTube videos, I don't even think Ronaldo was as good as him at that age! #nffc— Forest Logic (@ForestLogic) August 7, 2014
If Assombalonga bangs in the goals this season, selling Darlow and Lascelles might turn out to have been good business #nffc— Tony Ross (@rossanthonyde) August 7, 2014
Dare I say Britt Assombalonga looks to have the qualities and the potential to get near or even match Stanley one day? #NFFC— NFFC - Rodger (@rodger234) August 7, 2014
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