Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman is a long-time admirer of Nottingham Forest frontman Britt Assombalonga

Forest striker Britt Assombalonga

Forest striker Britt Assombalonga

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

BRITT Assombalonga has got a name you won’t forget in a hurry – and Dougie Freedman still recalls the first time he spotted Forest’s £5.5million man.

The Congolese striker opened his scoring account for Stuart Pearce’s side with two goals to earn a point at the Macron Stadium.

And while the size of his fee – a club record in the East Midlands – raised some eyebrows over the summer, Freedman believes the former Peterborough United striker could be worth all the attention. “It looks money well spent. If they have any change in your pocket, pass it my way," he laughed.

“It looks like a good buy. He is young, he looks hungry, he steps up and takes penalties.

“Yes, I am a bit jealous but good luck to the kid. We saw him a couple of seasons ago in Watford reserves,” he added. “So, he has come along at the right pace.”

Freedman had no complaints with the penalty award against his side in the first half as a reckless challenge from Jay Spearing on Assombalonga was punished by referee Eddie Ilderton.

“Jay lives on the line but you can’t criticise because in the game we play sometimes you are going to step over that line,” he said.

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