Is Britt Assombalonga’s time at Middlesbrough coming to an end?
The clock is ticking, and the end could be near for Britt Assombalonga at Middlesbrough after he was dropped for the second consecutive match.
Britt Assombalonga’s time at Middlesbrough could be coming to an end after he missed his second consecutive match during Middlesbrough's 1-0 defeat away at Millwall last weekend.
Neil Warnock clearly stated after the loss against Millwall that he intentionally favoured Josh Coburn ahead of him for the team that would play at Millwall.
Assombalonga missed the previous match against Preston due to a hamstring injury, but when Warnock was asked why he couldn't make the team against Millwall, he answered casually;
“He's fit enough, but I thought it was time to give Josh (Coburn) a bit of experience away from home, and I'd always bring Fletch on before him at the moment, so he was fit to be selected.”
Assombalonga is the club's highest-paid player, and has been at Boro since 2017 when he signed from Nottingham Forest for a club-record fee of £15 million. He has now missed three of the club’s last four matches.
Warnock reportedly expects more from his strikers, and it seems Assombalonga is not doing enough to claim a place in the squad.
He has only scored five goals so far in 30 appearances this season and was linked away from Boro in the winter transfer window.
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His time at the club is looking likely to come to and end this summer.