Middlesbrough have had a decent start to the Championship season as boss Neil Warnock looks to win another promotion.
However, whether he has a strong enough squad to compete with the best in the division remains to be seen and it’s something Boro perhaps didn’t do enough to address in the window.
A late move for Yannick Bolasie fell through and injuries to Britt Assombalonga and particularly Ashley Fletcher have left the Teesside outfit short on options in the final third.
As a result, Warnock has revealed that he ‘might’ be able to bring a free agent in and he indicated he is hopeful of it happening.
Whilst no names were disclosed, we look at THREE out of contract players who could make a difference…
The powerful striker is known to fans in England having spent time with Everton, Crystal Palace and Hull among others in recent years and in truth he hasn’t ever convinced.
But, that was in the top-flight he is the sort of player that Warnock can get the best out of. Physically, he is quick and strong, so he may be the focal point that Boro need.
Rajiv van La Parra
Another known name, van La Parra is believed to be attracting interest from the likes of Reading and QPR along with a few more Championship clubs.
Capable of playing down either wing, like Bolasie who Boro wanted, van La Parra is a skilful, direct wide man who is a major threat on his day and he has won promotion from this level before.
The versatile forward left Aston Villa in the summer after failing to fulfil his potential but there’s still a good player there.
He is another who can cover various positions in the final third and at 22-years-old, he could turn into a bargain for Warnock. The talent is there but he needs to kick on under a manager he trusts and that could make Boro the perfect fit.