It’s safe to say that it’s not been the ideal start to this year’s league campaign for Middlesbrough, in Jonathan Woodgate’s first spell in management.
Boro are currently sat 22nd in the Championship table and will be hoping to turn their poor run of form around as soon as they’re back in action after the international break.
It has recently been reported by The Sun (10/11, page 59), that Middlesbrough have taken an interest in signing Fleetwood Town winger Wes Burns ahead of the January transfer window.
Fleetwood are currently sat fifth in the League One table, and Burns has been key to their positive performances so far this season.
In our latest FLW Spotlight, we look into Burns’ statistics so far this season and discuss whether he’d be a good addition to the Middlesbrough squad in January.
Burns hasn’t been at his best so far this season, but has shown glimpses of his quality with Joey Barton’s side in what has been a positive start to their campaign in League One.
The 24-year-old is yet to score for Fleetwood, which is something that he’ll know he has to do in the near future, especially if he’s to make the move to Middlesbrough.
Burns does have four assists to his name in all competitions so far this season, and could take the weight of creative expectation off of the likes of Lewis Wing which could see Middlesbrough pose more of a threat going forward.
The winger doesn’t have the best of records in the Championship though, after failing to make a notable impact with Bristol City earlier in his career.
Burns has shown that he’s getting in the right positions to pose a threat to opposition defenders as well, with the winger having 42 touches in the opposition penalty area.
His pass accuracy certainly makes for good reading as well, with the former Bristol City man having 73.5% of his 490 attempted passes being accurate.
It seems as though he’ll be a key player for Middlesbrough if he arrived at The Riverside, and he’ll know that he can’t afford to waste any time in hitting the ground running, as it could cost them their place in the Championship if he doesn’t find his best form going forward.
If Middlesbrough’s poor run of form goes on into the festive period, then it seems likely that Jonathan Woodgate will be in the market to strengthen his squad, with Burns potentially being one of his number one targets.