Middlesbrough will most likely find themselves in the mix for promotion at the turn of the year making the January transfer window crucial.
With Middlesbrough’s rivals surely planning to go big, Middlesbrough will have to to match this to stay in the hunt.
It’s hard to pinpoint where Middlesbrough need improvement due to there solid backline, their industrious midfield and their wealth of attacking options.
But up front remains a problem for Middlesbrough, who lack an out-and-out goalscorer which could be crucial for the run in.
Rivals Hull have Abel Hernandez scoring for fun and Burnley have Andre Gray whilst rivals Derby County have Chris Martin all proven goalscorers at this level.
Middlesbrough have experienced David Nugent and Christian Stuani up front with Kike as a back up, Kike has been inconsistent and Nugent and Stuani will have a large workload if one of them gets injured.
This will make Karanka keen to add to his attacking options up front as well as adding a bit of creativity in midfield.
It’s likely that Karanka will isolate the loan market rather than spending big though due to the clubs sizeable outlay during the summer – so here’s FIVE strikers Boro could sign in January!
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