Britt Assombalonga

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Britt Assombalonga

Joined

:
July 2017

Contact until

:
June 2021

Nationalities

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DR Congo, England

Age

:
26

Positions

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Centre Forward

Height

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177cm

Britoli Curtis Assombalonga was born on December 6, 1992, in Kinshasha, Zaire. His father, Fedor, migrated with his family to London, when Britt was just eight months old. 

Having successfully come through the Hertswood Academy, he signed for the Watford Youth team at the age of 17. His consistent growth and performances earned him a one year contract at the end of the season. 

Due to his lack of opportunity in the first team, he was sent out on loan on November 2011 to National League side Wealdstone FC, where he became an instant hit, and at the end of his three-month loan spell at the club, he had scored 11 times in 16 games. 

On his return to Watford in February 2012, he was rewarded with another one-year contract extension and a loan move to another National League side Braintree Town. Again, it was prolific stint as he netted 5 goals in 5 games, which earned him a recall back to the senior squad. 

At the beginning of the 2012/2013 season, he took up another loan challenge, this time at a league two side Southend United, and he produced 15 league goals in 43 appearances, making him the club’s top marksman and the joint seventh highest goal scorer in the league. 

Unfortunately, his team missed out on their single chance of silverware that season as they lost 2-0 to Crewe Alexandra in the 2013 League Trophy final.  

When Peterborough United, a league one outfit, came knocking in the summer of 2013, Watford sold him in a deal worth over £1 million, breaking Peterborough's transfer record. 

It took him little time to become the fans favourite as his eight goals in his first ten games resulted in the fans composing the “Let’s do the Conga for Britt Assombalonga” chant. At the end of the season, he finished with 23 league goals, just one behind the league’s top scorer Sam Baldock of Bristol City. 

He won his first career silverware and scored in Peterborough's 3-1 victory over Chesterfield in the 2014 Football League Trophy final. At this point, Assombalonga’s prospect of moving on to a bigger club in the summer grew rather conspicuous. The forward moved a level up to Championship club, Nottingham Forest, on a five-year contract worth £5 million, another club-record transfer fee.

In his three year stay at the club, he managed to score 30 league goals in 65 appearances, averaging at almost a goal in every two games in a league as competitive as the English Championship. In the summer of 2017, newly relegated Middlesbrough FC approached Nottingham Forest and successfully secured the signature of the Congolese born forward on a four-year contract worth £15 million.

Club history

Middlesbrough

July 2017 - June 2021

Nottingham Forest

August 2014 - July 2017

Peterborough United

July 2013 - August 2014

Watford

June 2013 - July 2013

Southend United

August 2012 - May 2013

Watford

April 2011 - August 2012

Watford Reserves

July 2010 - June 2011

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Britt Assombalonga News

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Jonathan Woodgate has admitted his deep worries about the squad size especially if Boro pick up a couple of injuries along the way.
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Middlesbrough 1-0 Wigan Match Report

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Middlesbrough v Luton Preview: Can Woodgate overcome opening-day blues?

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Middlesbrough FC - Season Preview

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Boro close to securing first big summer signing

The news of Martin Braithwaite’s departure from Middlesbrough came as a blow ahead of the new season, but the club seems to have moved on quickly from the disappointment.
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Celtic keen on signing Boro striker

The 26-year-old forward has finished top scorer for Boro in the last 2 seasons.
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'Tony Pulis reveals why he apologised to Lewis Wing after Reading win '

The fixture saw Boro come from behind to register a crucial victory in the race to finish in the Championship play-off places.
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'Britt Assombalonga winner keeps Boro's play-off hopes alive'

A 25th-minute goal from the Middlesbrough striker means Boro have now won their first home game in five Championship matches.
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'Adam Clayton issues battle cry as Boro loose 6th game in a row'

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has also urged his player to pick themselves up after seeing his team slip to 6th defeat in as many games on Saturday.
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'Middlesbrough transfer rumour: Arsenal enter race for Boro and Leeds United target'

Rumours further state that the Middlesbrough target, who has also been linked with fellow Championship side Leeds United, is going to sign for Arsenal.
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'Catalogue of mistakes deals blow to Boro's promotion hopes'

Despite taking a 6th-minute lead courtesy an Ashley Fletcher strike, two late goals from Brentford means Boro are now 12 points adrift of the top two teams in the Championship.
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'"They get paid good money to play a game of football" - Tony Pulis'

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis pulled no punches in the aftermath of seeing his team dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two side Newport.
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'George Saville bullish after Middlesbrough win at West Brom'

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis also expressed his appreciation for the striker Britt Assombalonga who played a crucial role in the comeback.
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'Premier League clubs express an interest in Boro's £15 million striker'

Britt Assombalonga is attracting the interest of Premier League clubs, as the January transfer window enters its final days.
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'Club-record signing linked with a £10 million move away from Boro'

Boro's club-record signing has been linked with a move away from the Riverside Stadium in the final days of the January transfer window.
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'One in, one out at Boro'

John Obi Mikel is expected to complete his move to Boro, paving the way for a Boro outgoing.
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'Middlesbrough, Derby and Reading in race to sign Norwich City outcast'

Reports coming from various media outlets have claimed that Middlesbrough FC look set to bolster their attacking options by going for the Portuguese international.
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'Reports link Boro to £20million rated Championship striker'

Middlesbrough FC have been linked with a move for the Brentford striker.
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'Crystal Palace to sign Boro striker in January swap deal'

If the deal goes through, Middlesbrough FC will see the arrival of former Sunderland striker Connor Wickham as a part of swap deal.
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Last night was hugely damaging - Pulis has some making up to do this Christmas

Well, that was difficult to take. Wait, no, scratch that – it was bloody painful.
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'Fellow Championship side Interested in signing £9m rated Boro striker'

Reports have further claimed that while Swansea would like to sign the striker on a permanent basis, a loan move looks more likely.
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'Two teams plotting loan move for Middlesbrough FC striker'

Ipswich Town, who currently sit bottom of the Championship, are looking to bolster their attack in January.
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Pulis blasts officials for Besic red card as Boro held by Blackburn

Middlesbrough FC manager Tony Pulis blasted the officials for “getting it wrong” for dismissing midfielder Mo Besic as Boro drew 1-1 at home to Blackburn on Saturday.
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'Pulis sets sights on ex-Chelsea Striker & makes decision on Sheffield United loanee'

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'Boro Transfer News: Duo to be sold in January, hopes of resigning midfielder dashed'

If rumours coming from various media outlets to be believed, there will be more departures than arrivals at Middlesbrough FC during the January transfer window.
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'Middlesbrough FC given opportunity to sign on-loan striker for £6million'

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Pulis thrilled to see his confidence in Tavernier justified

The Middlesbrough manager had surprised Boro fans by giving teenage winger Marcus Tavernier a start in Middlesbrough’s 2-1 victory at Brentford.
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