How Assombalonga is outshining striker bought for twice as much money

Forest City Ground

Britt Assombalonga has proved to be a great acquisition for Nottingham Forest so far, whilst Ross McCormack has struggled for Fulham.

Championship clubs all strive to find that striker that can score 25 or more goals in the season and lead them to the top flight. Nottingham Forest spent £5.5 million on Britt Assombalonga, whilst Fulham paid £11 million to prise away Ross McCormack from Leeds United.

Both transfers raised eyebrows, as although the talent of both was obvious, the fees seemed to be excessive. Assombalonga had only proved himself in League One and League Two whilst it was expected that if McCormack left Leeds it would be for a Premier League club. To see a Championship club spend £11 million on a player is a big risk to take, and with little investment in other areas of the team Fulham are pinning all their hopes on the Scotsman.

The duo will go head-to-head on Wednesday night as Fulham take on Nottingham Forest at The City Ground and whilst one has excelled since his move and become a fans favourite the other has a lot to prove. 

  GoalsAssistsShotsShots
On Target
TouchesAccurate PassesAppearancesMins Played
Britt Assombalonga 5 0 18 7 198 77 6 540

Assombalonga plays on the last defender and uses his pace and strength to bully defenders and impose himself. The former Peterborough United player's goal against Derby County on Sunday showed what he is all about. As he received the ball he sharply turned his defender and even though he lost balance, he unleashed a brilliant strike which found the back of the net. He created the opportunity himself and you could see from his celebration how much it meant to him to score in that game.

Five of his seven shots on target have beaten the goalkeeper and his total touches and passes show that he doesn't need to come deep to receive the ball. Playing up top he is getting the service he needs whereas Ross McCormack has had to work harder as he searches for his first league goal for Fulham.

It helps that Assombalonga has some fantastic players around him at Forest such as Michail Antonio, Henri Lansbury and Andy Reid providing him great support. McCormack has a very young team around him who are still adjusting to each other and the league, and you will be able to tell the big difference as the sides face each other on Wednesday night.

 

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