Operation for Nottingham Forest's Assombalonga: Arsenal striker Akpom the ideal replacement

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Why Nottingham Forest should look at Arsenal's Chuba Akpom as a loan option with Britt Assombalonga out injured.

With Britt Assombalonga injured, Nottingham Forest will be left with a void up front - and could have to look at the option of signing a striker on loan.

The Mail reported last night the £5.5 million summer signing was due to undergo a knee operation on a suspected ruptured patellar tendon.

Forest would not have been able to go out and buy a replacement had it happened last month even, due to a transfer embargo, but they can look at boosting their options via the loan market.

If they want a promising replacement to add to the mix, they need look no further than promising Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom.

The 19-year-old is on the cusp of the Gunners first team, even featuring in the recent 5-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa.

While Arsenal already have forwards out on loan, they have cover for Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck in the form of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott who can play as strikers if need be, and have done in the past.

If Forest can be persuasive, then England youth international Akpom, viewed as Arsenal's potential breakthrough answer to Harry Kane, could benefit the club and himself with a loan spell in the Championship - as the Spurs forward previously enjoyed.

Akpom has nine goals in 10 under-21 appearances for Arsenal this season, and three goals in six games for England's under-20 side.

Forest have Dexter Blackstock, Matt Fryatt and Lars Velwijk, but of the trio only Fryatt has netted this season, on five occasions, while Assombalonga has 15 Championship goals to his name.

Adding a young, hungry Premier League hopeful may be a sensible idea to add competition for places if Assombalonga is indeed ruled out for the seasons, and in terms of prospects, there are few better than Akpom around.

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