Nottingham Forest have made a superb start to life under new manager Stuart Pearce. The former Forest left back has returned to the City Ground in a bid to take them back to the Premier League, and it's been a case of so far, so good. After four wins and two draws from their opening six games, Forest are top of the Championship table at this early stage of the season.
Sunday saw them draw 1-1 with East Midlands rivals Derby County, with a late goal from Ryan Shotton earning the Rams a share of the spoils. Shotton's goal cancelled out the opener from striker Britt Assombalonga, whose smart turn and strike once again underlined his potential.
The 21-year-old Congolese striker was signed by Peterborough in 2013 in a surprise £1m deal despite making just four appearances for Watford, but he proved his doubters wrong with 33 goals in 58 games in League One. Those exploits didn't go unnoticed, and Forest decided that record was enough to justify a £5.5m deal, and whilst some said it was too expensive for an unproven player, Assombalonga continues to serve copious amounts of humble pie having made a blistering start to life at Forest with five goals in six games.
In fact, his record so far was put in to context by Paul Taylor of the Nottingham Post, who said; "Not since Nigel Jemson netted five goals in the first four games of the 1990/91 campaign has a striker made a better start than Assombalonga."
That's a stunning stat that hasn't been sniffed at in almost 25 years, and that just goes to show how impressive Assombalonga has been. He's a scorer of all kinds of goals from screamers to tap ins, and the hallmark of any team vying for promotion is when they have a goalscorer who they can rely on week in, week out - and so far, that's exactly what Assombalonga has done.
Expecting him to maintain this level of goalscoring is tough as he'd be on course for 38 goals this season, but if he can continue to find the net even half as regularly as he is doing now, then Forest have a great chance of returning to the Premier League - and that £5.5m signing of Assombalonga will look like loose change if they make it back to the top flight.