Britt Assombalonga

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Britt Assombalonga
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Assombalonga with Nottingham Forest in 2016
Personal information
Full name Britt Curtis Assombalonga[1]
Date of birth (1992-12-06) 6 December 1992 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Middlesbrough
Number 9
Youth career
2010–2011 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Watford 4 (0)
2011–2012 Wealdstone (loan) 11 (6)
2012 Braintree Town (loan) 5 (5)
2012–2013 Southend United (loan) 43 (15)
2013–2014 Peterborough United 43 (23)
2014–2017 Nottingham Forest 65 (30)
2017– Middlesbrough 8 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:32, 16 September 2017 (UTC).

Britt Curtis Assombalonga (born 6 December 1992) is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Championship club Middlesbrough.

Early life

Assambalonga was born in Kinshasa, Zaire and moved to London, England with his family at eight months old.[1][3] He grew up in Swiss Cottage, in the London borough of Camden, and attended Whitefield School. He is the son of Fedor Assombalonga, a former Zaire international footballer.[3] His brother, Christian, is also a footballer for Isthmian Premier Division side Billericay Town.[4]

Club career

Watford

Assombalonga playing for Watford in 2012

Britt Assombalonga began his career with Watford, signing as a 17-year-old youth player in 2010 after making his way through via the Hertswood Impact Scheme. In his first full season in the youth team, he finished as the second top goal scorer while his team made it to the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals.

Assombalonga also appeared regularly for Watford's reserve team, and was rewarded for his performances with a one-year professional contract at the end of the season. He was an unused substitute for the senior squad's last two games against Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers.[5]

On 17 March 2012, he made his first-team debut in a 0–0 draw with Coventry City. His appearance made him the 50th player to go through Watford's academy and represent the first-team.[6]

Wealdstone (loan)

In November 2011, Assombalonga joined Wealdstone alongside youth teammate Connor Smith to gain more playing experience.[7] On 3 December, he scored his first goal in a league match against Concord Rangers. Assombalonga had his loan spell extended for another month on 4 January 2012.[8] Assombalonga returned to Watford on 4 February, having scored 11 goals in 16 games for Wealdstone.

Braintree Town (loan)

Just days after his return to Watford, Assombalonga was loaned to Braintree Town on a one-month deal. Despite being heavily linked with a permanent move to Scottish club Peterhead, he also signed a one-year contract extension with Watford on the same day.[9] Assombalonga made an eventful debut in a 3–3 draw against Lincoln City; he scored his first goal for the club to put Braintree 3–2 up before being sent off for a second bookable offence.[10] He scored four more goals in four games for Braintree after serving his one-match suspension, and was subsequently recalled by Watford to join their senior squad.[11]

Southend United (loan)

At the start of the 2012–13 season, Assombalonga joined League Two club Southend United on an initial one-month loan.[12] On 25 August 2012, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–3 draw against Northampton Town. Assombalonga went on to score five goals in four matches, including a brace in a 3–1 win against Dagenham & Redbridge on 7 September.[13]

At the end of the month, Southend extended the loan deal to run until 3 January 2013.[14] Having established himself in the first team, Assombalonga became the club's top scorer that season with a total of 15 goals.[15] Southend again extended Assombalonga's loan in December 2012, keeping him at the club until the end of the season.[16] He played in the 2013 League Trophy Final against Crewe Alexandra which Southend lost 2–0.[17]

Peterborough United

On 31 July 2013, League One side Peterborough United broke their previous transfer record to sign Assombalonga from Watford on a four-year deal.[18] The fee was undisclosed, but was confirmed as greatly exceeding the clubs previous £1.1m record fee. He was given the number nine shirt. Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony hailed the deal, saying he was "delighted", and that Assombalonga had been Peterborough's main transfer target.[19] On the opening game of the season, he scored on his debut as Peterborough defeated Swindon Town 1–0.[20] He scored a penalty in a 3–1 win over Chesterfield at Wembley in the 2014 Football League Trophy Final.

Nottingham Forest

On 6 August 2014, Assombalonga joined Nottingham Forest on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee reported to be in the region of £5 million, potentially rising to £8 million based on various clauses (of which Watford will receive 50% due to sell-on clauses).[21][22][23] This made Assombalonga Forest's record signing, surpassing the £4.5 million fee paid to Celtic for striker Pierre van Hooijdonk in 1997.[24] Assombalonga scored his first goals for Forest twelve days after signing, netting a brace against Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium.[25] He then scored a goal each in their next two games, against Bournemouth and Reading respectively. Assombalonga scored in his first East Midlands Derby, opening the scoring against Derby County at the City Ground.[26][27] Assombalonga's goal-scoring run continued with his first hat-trick for Forest on 17 September in a 5–3 home victory against Fulham.[28] He then went on to score in the reverse fixture against Derby, equalising at Pride Park as Forest secured a 2–1 win to relieve the pressure on their beleaguered manager Stuart Pearce. On 11 February 2015, Assombalonga sustained a serious knee injury during a 3–0 victory over Wigan Athletic after taking a shot at goal that prematurely ended his season.[29] Assombalonga eventually made his return from injury on 19 April 2016 as an 84th-minute substitute for Robert Tesche in a draw against Blackburn Rovers.[30] On 7 May Assombalonga scored the winner away at MK Dons, his first senior goal since his injury.[31]

On the opening day of the 2016–17 season, Assombalonga started the first competitive match under new manager Philippe Montanier and scored a brace at home against newly promoted Burton Albion.[32] The striker then reaffirmed his commitment to Forest by signing a new five-year contract on 2 September, tying him to the club until 2021.[33] On 19 November, Assombalonga scored a brace against Ipswich Town, his first coming after only 17 seconds, which took his tally to six goals in eight games for the season. After the game, Assombalonga was described as the "best goalscorer in the league" by teammate Ben Osborn and "the best in the business outside of the Premier League" by former Forest defender Kenny Burns.[34][35] Assombalonga missed Forest's next game – a 5–2 win at Barnsley – with a hamstring problem to continue his injury-hit start to the season.[36] Assombalonga ended the season on a high, scoring his second brace against Ipswich Town on the 7 May. With Forest remaining out of the Championship relegation zone by virtue of a one-goal difference with Blackburn Rovers, Assombalonga's brace – one a penalty and the other an exquisite solo effort – either side of a Chris Cohen goal ensured that Forest retained their Championship status at the expense of the Lancashire club.[37] He ended the Championship season as Forest's top goalscorer, having scored 14 goals from 20 starts and 12 substitute appearances.[38]

Middlesbrough

On 17 July 2017, Assombalonga signed for newly relegated Championship club Middlesbrough, for a reported club-record fee of £15 million.[39][40] He scored his first goals for Middlesbrough when he scored twice in a 2–0 win against Burton Albion on 15 August 2017.[41]

International career

Assombalonga is eligible to represent both England and the Democratic Republic of the Congo internationally. In August 2014, he was named on a 37-man provisional DR Congo squad list for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification but withdrew from the final squad.[42][43]

On 4 November 2016, the Nottingham Post reported that Assombalonga had accepted a call-up to the DR Congo national side for their away game against Guinea on 13 November.[44] Assombalonga was forced to pull out of the squad prior to the game as he was not cleared to play in time.[45] The following December, Assombalonga rejected the chance to represent DR Congo at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, stating that he wanted to focus on playing games for Nottingham Forest after an injury-hit season.[46]

Career statistics

As of match played 7 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford 2011–12[47] Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2012–13[48] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Wealdstone (loan) 2011–12[49] IL Premier Division 11 6 5[a] 5 16 11
Braintree Town (loan)
2011–12[47]
Conference Premier 5 5 5 5
Southend United (loan) 2012–13[48] League Two 43 15 0 0 0 0 6[b] 1 49 16
Peterborough United
2013–14[50]
League One 43 23 4 5 3 1 8[c] 4 58 33
Nottingham Forest
2014–15[51]
Championship 29 15 1 0 2 0 32 15
2015–16[52]
Championship 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
2016–17[53]
Championship 32 14 1 0 0 0 33 14
Total 65 30 2 0 2 0 69 30
Middlesbrough
2017–18[54]
Championship 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Career total 173 81 6 5 5 1 19 10 203 97
  1. ^ 4 appearances and 3 goals in FA Trophy, 1 appearance and 2 goals in Middlesex Senior Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ 2 appearances and 1 goal in Football League One play-offs, 6 appearances and 3 goals in Football League Trophy

Honours

Peterborough United

References

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  6. ^ "Watford academy reaches landmark with 50th first-teamer". BBC Sport. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Whitbread, Joe (24 November 2011). "Watford pair Connor Smith and Britt Assombalonga have joined Wealdstone on loan". Watford Observer. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hornets pair extend loans at Wealdstone". Watford Observer. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
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  48. ^ a b "Games played by Britt Assombalonga in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
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External links

  • Britt Assombalonga profile at the Middlesbrough F.C. website
  • Britt Assombalonga at Soccerbase
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