Jonathan Woodgate has endured a tough first season in management, with his Middlesbrough side in a relegation battle with nine Championship fixtures still to play.
In fairness, it was never going to be easy for the former player, who has had to try and change the style of play on a limited budget.
Nevertheless, things haven’t gone to plan and it’s clear that Boro need reinforcements in the next transfer window – with forward players a priority given Boro are the lowest scorers in the league.
Therefore, reports linking the Teesside outfit with Sunderland duo Lynden Gooch and Duncan Watmore may encourage some, however we outline THREE reasons why a move for the latter would make no sense…
His injury record
This is obviously not Watmore’s fault and you’ve got to have huge sympathy for the player after what he has been through but his injury record makes this potential signing a risk.
He has not consistently played over the past five years and seems to constantly suffer setbacks after some long-term knee injuries. There’s no guarantee he would be out on the pitch to make a positive impact.
A lack of goals
As well as that, Watmore isn’t prolific, scoring just five goals in 71 league appearances in his career.
Whilst many of those will have been from the bench, it has to be a concern and there’s nothing to suggest he would step up to the Championship and make a positive impact.
They need proven quality
In fairness to Watmore, his game has never been about goals and he offers a lot to the team with his work-rate.
However, Boro are desperate for goals and they need someone who they know can deliver. It’s the reason they are in a relegation battle now and Woodgate has to try and find attacking players that will get into double figures. Watmore isn’t that man.