Assombalonga urges Pearce to bring Premier League winger to Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga says signing Tom Ince would help the club.

The wheels appear to be coming off Nottingham Forest's promotion push. New manager Stuart Pearce enjoyed a stunning start to the season with 17 points from the first seven games, but has picked up only five points from the next seven games to leave Forest out of the top six.

The honeymoon appears to be over for former Forest left back Pearce, with his side struggling to find the back of the net - except for Michail Antonio and Britt Assombalonga, who are being relied upon heavily.

With 15 goals between them, the duo have accounted for 68% of Forest's goal this season, as striker Matty Fryatt is the only other player to have scored more than once.

Those issues in front of goal have led to rumours of a loan arrival, with Hull City winger Thomas Ince believed to be on the verge of completing a loan deal to join Forest this week.

Ince, 22, made his name during a superb spell at Blackpool, but since joining Hull this summer, he's found first team football hard to come by, which could lead to a reunion with his former England Under-21 boss Pearce.

The former Liverpool youngster certainly possesses plenty of ability, and Assombalonga has admitted that he wants to see Ince in the Forest team.

"The manager knows what he is doing, he will know the right players to bring in and the kind of players we don't need to bring to the club," said Assombalonga. "It might give us a lift. At the end of the day sometimes you have to take a chance on something, to see if it does give you a boost.

"He is a good player, I can't say anything else, because he is a good player. Time will tell what happens, but if he comes in it will be a good thing. It is up to the manager what he wants to do. He knows what is best for the club," he added in an interview with the Nottingham Post.

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