Middlesbrough ran out comfortable winners against Burton Albion on Tuesday, with thanks to Britt Assombalonga, who scored both goals for Garry Monk’s team in a 2-0 victory.
The striker, who became the club’s record transfer for around £15million this summer, opened his account for the Riverside Stadium outfit after completing his move from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.
His first goal came on the 23rd-minute mark after he was fed a ball from strike partner Rudy Gestede and made no mistake in placing it past the Albion ‘keeper.
It was not until the second half when the duo linked up again for Assombalonga’s second of the game, who had the fortune of tapping in the rebounded shot into an empty net.
The win, which comes off a victory in their previous match against Sheffield United on Saturday, helps lift Boro to fourth, as they look to build on a positive start to the season.
Monk’s side are heavy favourites to go back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and they will rely heavily on the striker’s goals at this level to help them achieve their aims.
The 24-year-old has a proven record when it comes to hitting the back of the net within the Championship, having converted 30 times in 65 appearances for Forest during three seasons, although he missed most of his second year through injury.
Middlesbrough fans will no doubt be excited that their record signing has already hit the ground running, and will be expecting the Congolese star to continue and help them push for a place back into England’s top division.
The Riverside faithful were pleased with the contribution of the Championship’s second most expensive player in history and took to social media to show their delight at his quick start.
Here is a selection of the best tweets found:
Assombalonga was different gravy last night
— Tony Wise (@twise1994) August 16, 2017
Praying Assombalonga stays fit for the full season, guys a machine
— Sam Johnson (@Sam_john13) August 16, 2017
2) Good to finally see #Boro buying a striker and getting what we pay for. Assombalonga is the real deal. Should have had a hattrick.
— James Nugent (@Nuge) August 16, 2017
Britt Assombalonga off the mark with both goals in the win over Burton Albion last night he will be a force now with confidence .
— Josh Bunting (@Distillerymad) August 16, 2017
Bamford, Assombalonga and Christie had the stand out performances for me last night. Ben Gibson and Dael Fry looked very comfortable too 🤙🏽.
— Jack Peart (@jpeart7) August 16, 2017
Anyone still laughing at Monks signings? Assombalonga is a player and half
— Mark Ramm (@rammy79) August 15, 2017
Reasonable performance tonight all be vs very limited opponents. Britt Assombalonga a beast.
— Steptoe (@Steptoesyard) August 15, 2017
Awesome mate, you da man! UTB!
— Robbie Taylor (@Robbietaylor8) August 16, 2017
Great goals. More of the same on Saturday please!! 👏🏽👏🏽⚽️⚽️ #UTB
— David Coates (@BoroBoyOne) August 16, 2017
Awesome performance Britt! #UTB
— Nathan Graham (@ngrahamaus) August 16, 2017