HEAD-TO-HEAD: Britt Assombalonga v Callum Wilson - Who has made the better start?

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We analyse the starts made by Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga and Bournemouth's Callum Wilson.

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As it stands, two of the most potent English strikers are currently playing outside the Premier League. 

In two of the most intriguing transfers in the Football League over the summer, Britt Assombalonga and Callum Wilson were plucked from League One by Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth.

The duo cost a combined £8.5 million, but they are already starting to pay back their price-tags and look two of the most clinical marksmen outside the Premier League. 

Blessed with pace, power and dead-eye finishing, the pair have established themselves as their respective team's attacking protagonists after a fine start to life as players for their new club.

Assombalonga, who was born on Congo but reportedly holds out ambitions of representing the Three Lions, and Wilson share a lot of similar qualities and there is actually very few differences between the two striker's stats over the initial part of the season. 

  PositionGoalsShotsShots on targetTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesDispossessedBig Chance MissedAppearancesMins Played
Britt Assombalonga FW 5 18 7 98 77 198 16 1 6 540
Callum Wilson FW 4 17 9 122 92 239 16 3 7 622

Although Assombalonga has one more goal than Wilson, the Bournemouth front-man has been more accurate with his shooting and also shown better link-up play, but, overall, they will both be delighted with their form.

In modern day football, transfers fees are inevitably compared against each-other, but Forest and Bournemouth have clearly invested prudently. 

The pair both looked risky purchases given their costly price-tags and lack of Championship experience, but the two side's faith is being paid dividends.

Indeed, they are now starting to look like bargains. For less than the price Fulham paid for Ross McCormack or Southampton purchased Shane Long for they could have had a complete strike-force. 

Both Assombalonga and Wilson will surely go on to play at the highest level, given their ages. At 21 and 22, they have years ahead of them to develop, but they are already showing they are ready to burst onto the big stage. 

This may just be a future England strike-partnership and they are both proving that the talent is there in the lower divisions, it just takes a bit of faith. 

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