Stephy Mavididi is a target for Championship side Middlesbrough, along with several other clubs, Teamtalk have reported.
Mavididi, who made his senior Juventus debut in April following an impressive campaign with the Italian champions’ Under 23 side in the country’s third tier – where he scored six goals in 32 appearances – made his way through Arsenal’s youth system before moving to Italy last summer.
Although he never made a senior appearance for Arsenal, Mavididi did spend time on loan in the Football League with both Charlton and Preston, and it now seems that a number of clubs are keen to bring him back there.
According to reports, Championship quartet Middlesbrough, Derby, Leeds and Fulham are all interested in a loan move for the 21-year-old, although they will have to fend off interest from Premier League sides such as Everton, Southampton, Newcastle, Burnley and newly promoted Aston Villa in the race to sign the striker.
So would Mavididi be a good signing for Middlesbrough?
We put that question to some of our Football League World writers.
“It depends who becomes the new Boro boss.
“If the former Arsenal man is somebody who suits, say, Jonathan Woodgate’s approach perfectly and better than any other striker at the club, then it will be a great signing.
“If he doesn’t, however, then it will simply be a huge waste of time for everyone involved.”
“I’m not convinced this is the best move for ‘Boro.
“The Riversiders’ main problem last year was a lack of goals – only three sides in the Championship scored less – and that is something they simply have to change if they are to compete for promotion to the Premier League again next season.
“Mavididi’s record – just six in 32 games at third-tier level in Italy – suggests that he is not the answer to that particular, so ‘Boro may be better of looking elsewhere in their search for new attacking options.”
“This would be a solid signing from Boro, but they must appoint a new manager before making bold transfer decisions.
“The incoming manager will have his own ideas about where he wants to take the side, but having said that, I think Mavididi would be a good addition for most Championship sides.
“His pace and strength means he could fill the void that may be left by Assombolonga if he departs, and Mavididi is still young so there is also capacity for him to improve over the season.”