By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns has incredibly claimed that Britt Assombalonga could be worth as much as £50million following reported interest from Middlesbrough.
Sky Sports reported in June that Boro manager Garry Monk had made the 24-year-old ace his top summer target but former Reds defender Burns thinks the striker is worth keeping hold of because of his potential future value.
What makes Burns’ declaration even more bizarre is the fact that only an elite list of players have ever come into the price bracket of £50million, and former Peterborough striker Assombalonga has never played at a higher level than the Championship.
He made 33 appearances across all competitions for Forest last term, scoring 14 goals, and that sort of record has led to Burns to slapping a ridiculous price tag on him.
“Thankfully it has all gone quiet on the Britt Assombalonga front in respect of transfer speculation, for now at least,” wrote Burns in his column on the Nottingham Post website.
“I hope it stays that way because I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, he has all the attributes to become a £50m player.
“The boy scores goals for fun and he grabbed 14 last season when he had a season somewhat disrupted by injury.
“If Forest are serious about getting out of the Championship then you need to keep hold of your best players at all costs.”
Assombalonga arrived at the City Ground in 2014 after a successful spell at Peterborough which saw him score 33 goals in 58 appearances.
He began his career at Watford, but only ever managed to play four times for the Hertfordshire club’s senior side as he was sent out on a number of different loan spells.
Forest boss Mark Warburton has already added one striker to his ranks ahead of next season after Jason Cummings was snapped up from Scottish Championship title winners Hibernian.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Cummings has aimed a dig at the standard of Scottish football following his move to the East Midlands.