Assombalonga sale is not about a lack of ambition at Forest, it is about old fashioned money

Saturday August 19, at roughly 2pm, Britt Assombalonga will very probably find himself in familiar surroundings, in unfamiliar circumstances.

When Middlesbrough visit the City Ground to contest the fourth game of the new Championship season, Assombalonga will run out of the tunnel as an opposition player.

With the player having undergone a medical in the north-east this afternoon, his £15m switch to the Riverside has now been confirmed.

And Nottingham Forest will have to come to terms with life without their most natural, instinctive goal scorer.

The smiling assassin will be looking to draw blood in the colours of a different Championship side.

And, in the days between now and then, people will ask questions about Nottingham Forest’s ambition; they will ask why they did not just tell Middlesbrough that the player was not for sale.

Those questions, in truth, have been asked already, numerous times, among frustrated fans on social media.

But while they are simple questions, the answers are rather less straightforward.

Because ambition is not the key word here. The key word, as is often the case in modern football, is money.

Middlesbrough are not more ambitious than Nottingham Forest; they do not somehow crave promotion more than Mark Warburton’s side do.

They just have a significant advantage over Forest – and many other sides in the Championship – as they go about achieving that goal.

Yes, once the likes of Burnley, Watford and Middlesbrough had been linked with a move for the former Peterborough man, his head had been turned.

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He, the Post understands, had made it clear that he wanted to explore his options; he was keen on a move away from the City Ground.

Evangelos Marinakis will not have wanted to mark the start of a new era at the club with the sale of one of their most influential players; this is not something that was in the blueprint for the future,…

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