This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Ashley Fletcher has been offered a new contract with Middlesbrough, according to Teesside Live.
The striker has endured a frustrating season after a significant injury ruled him out of action for four months of the season so far.
Despite that, Fletcher is regarded as the best frontman in Neil Warnock’s squad, and with his contract due to expire at the end of the current season a decision will need to be made on his future.
With a contract offer already being made it will be up to the 25-year-old to decide where his future lies.
But are Middlesbrough right to offer him a new deal?
The team at FLW have their say…
100% – Boro need to be keeping hold of this man.
In my eyes, he’s Boro’s best striker and having watched him closely at the Madejski on Saturday, I was really impressed.
His overall link-up play is excellent and he inter-changed with Neeskens Kebano and Duncan Watmore so well, whilst he has the ability to score in-front of goal.
He was the club’s top scorer last season and this season has had to contend with injury, but when he gets fully going he’s a real asset to the team.
He’s still only 25, so has so much time to grow and develop as a player at the Riverside so Boro should be looking to get this sorted ASAP.
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This will have been a no-brainer for Middlesbrough.
I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen from Fletcher in recent seasons, and it’s good to see the club looking at having his future resolved sooner rather than later.
If he can continue to build on the impressive showing in their recent win over Reading, then he’ll be key to their push for promotion into the Premier League.
I would imagine that there will be clubs keeping tabs on him heading into the summer, so Neil Warnock will be eager to get this agreement in place at the earliest of opportunities.
If he can stay injury-free, then I expect him to play a key role in Middlesbrough’s future.
Right now, Fletcher is moving into his prime and I think it’s important that Middlesbrough make an effort to ensure those years are spent at the Riverside Stadium.
Fletcher cost a fair whack of money when he initially signed and now feels like the time when they might start getting that paid back with goals.
It also appears that Neil Warnock really rates the striker, so that’s another important factor and a reason why the club should be looking to keep him around.
For me, it’s a deal that should be prioritised ahead of the summer.