Pearce praises the unsung part of Assombalonga's game

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has moved to praise Britt Assombalonga's defensive ability.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has praised Britt Assombalonga's defensive qualities.

The striker is not known for his ability to help out his defenders, but Pearce believes that he has been a major reason behind the club's sturdy backline so far.

"I see a player who has scored me eight goals in a short space of time," he said to the Nottingham Post. 

"That, for me, is fantastic. I also have a centre forward who heads the ball out of the box more than any other player.

"That is fantastic for me, because he really contributes to every clean sheet that we get.

"I am not going to start looking at individuals and expect goals from them – I expect goals from the team."

Assombalonga has made the headlines so far with his goalscoring exploits rather than his ability to defend, but Pearce is clearly seeing beyond his ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

The Congolese born front-man has been a revelation since completing a eye-brow raising move to the City Ground from Peterborough United.

Many were surprised when Forest parted with £5.5 million to capture Assombalonga, but the 22-year-old is repaying that fee and now looking like a bargain.

Although it has been four games since he last got on the scoresheet, his finishing ability has been very evident throughout the opening course of the campaign and eight goals in 11 games in a very healthy return.

Assombalonga will now be hoping to build on this start as he looks to fire Forest to promotion and complete his rapid ascent to the Premier League. 

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