Three Nottingham Forest stars set to cause Tottenham problems

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Ahead of the Championship leaders' trip to White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup, Jack Beresford profiles three Forest stars to watch.

Currently on a run of four games without a win in all competitions, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to see his Tottenham charges put in a positive performance in the League Cup this Wedneday.

Unfortunately for the Argentine, the Championship’s form team Nottingham Forest stand in their way, with Stuart Pearce making an unbeaten start to life at the City Ground.

Ahead of kick-off, we look at three players who could pose Spurs more than a few problems at White Hart Lane later tonight.

Michael Mancienne

An ex-Chelsea academy star, Mancienne once thrived during loan spells with Queens Park Rangers and Wolverhampton before making a surprise move to the Bundesliga with Hamburg in 2011 for a bargain £1.752 million, where he was reunited with Blues sporting director Frank Arnesen.

But despite spending three years at the German club, Mancienne made just 49 top-flight appearances for Hamburg as injuries and a loss of form curtailed his impact at the European Cup winners.

Now back in England with Forest, the 26-year-old has quickly found his feet in the Championship, with the Feltham-born stopper helping his new club keep six clean sheets in all competitions.

Henri Lansbury

Another player once primed for glory in the Premier League, Lansbury started life at the Arsenal academy and while he only managed three first-team appearances for the Gunners in the top-flight, he benefitted greatly from loan spells at Watford, Norwich and West Ham during his formative years.

Signed for a bargain £1 million just over two years ago, Lansbury has become a mainstay of the Forest midfield where his battling aerial ability and excellent tackling skills have made him one of the toughest opponents in the division.

Capable of shooting from distance and a good passer of the ball, the 23-year-old will relish the opportunity to stick the boot in on old north London foe Tottenham.

Britt Assombalonga

Recruited from Peterborough over the summer, after scoring 23 goals in 43 games for the Posh in League One last term, some questioned whether Forest had paid over the odds for the 21-year-old after shelling out a fee thought to be in the region of an initial £5 million.

Eclipsing the club record £4.5 million paid to Celtic for Pierre van Hooijdonk back in 1997, the youngster has certainly lived up to his price tag so far, with a sensational return of eight goals in nine games in all competitions comparable only to that of Chelsea new boy Diego Costa.

Dangerous from set pieces, Assombalonga is also an accomplished finisher and looks bound for the Premier League – either with or without Forest.

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