Burns: Warburton must hold crunch talks to revive Nottingham Forest ace
By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns has identified Britt Assombalonga as the club’s main man but insists that Mark Warburton has to get the best out of him.
The 54-year-old guided his new club to a late equaliser as he took charge of his first Forest game in a 2-2 draw with rivals Derby on Saturday, but Burns has asserted that the disappointing performances of the club’s key man have to be addressed.
Assombalonga has failed to find the net in his last seven outings for the Reds which has led to them winning just one game during his barren run.
Burns, who won two European Cups with the East Midlands club, has suggested that the former Watford and Peterborough striker needs to be sat down and has his belief reinstalled in him.
“Whatever the reason is [behind his poor form], Warburton needs to get to the bottom of it because Britt is the main man and Forest need him in form,” said Burns in his column on the Nottingham Post website.
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“He needs to sit him down, one on one, and talk to him; ask him how he can get the best out of him, what kind of service he needs, and, if he needs it, tell him he’s a natural born goalscorer capable of playing at the top, to raise his confidence.
“I’m sure he will do that anyway, so he doesn’t need to me to tell him.”
Assombalonga has scored nine goals in 25 appearances in all competitions for Nottingham Forest this season.
He perhaps enjoyed his best spell of the season after the sacking of Philippe Montanier in January.
Gary Brazil took temporary charge of the side and the 24-year-old scored three goals in the first four games following Montanier’s exit.
Assombalonga’s place in the Forest side appears to now be under threat from teenage sensation Ben Brereton, who has also scored three goals since breaking on to the scene in January.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Warburton reportedly snubbed a role at a Premier League club before moving to the City Ground.