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Chuba Akpom’s future is likely to be a big talking point this summer.
Reports from Teamtalk in May revealed that Middlesbrough would be open to allowing the striker to leave the club this summer following a disappointing first campaign at the Riverside Stadium.
The 25-year-old scored just five times in 39 appearances for the Teessiders after struggling to break into Neil Warnock’s plans, leading to speculation that he could be moved on to make way for another striker.
Some may argue that Akpom has been harshly treated, so is there any chance of the striker coming back and establishing himself with Middlesbrough?
The team at FLW have their say…
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I’m not entirely sure if truth be told as he is a player who blows hot and cold in general really.
Sometimes he can be an absolute world beater and others he can’t even hit a barn door. There’s no inbetween with Akpom!
It all depends on who the club bring in during the current transfer window too as I can still see them signing another striker.
Maybe Warnock will give him a chance to prove himself moving forwards but this interest is failing to go away.
The club will have a big decision to make if bids are forthcoming for his services.
It’s a difficult one really.
I don’t think the club will have been expecting Akpom to come in and score 15-20 goals last season.
If you look at his track record, he’s never really been prolific, even in Greece where he was very highly regarded.
But Warnock, for some reason, wants to completely refresh his attacking options, having already brought in Uche Ikpeazu following Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga’s exits.
They need another striker even if they get rid of Akpom, but perhaps now is the time to get a full pre-season under his belt and assess him.
If he does well, then keep him. If not, then try and raise funds.
Chuba Akpom has struggled to make much of an impact at Championship level, but it is easy to forget that he is still only 25 and his so-called prime is still ahead of him.
The fact that he was in and out the team probably did not help, but he still managed to score five times from 20 starts.
Middlesbrough’s interest in other forwards at the moment shows that Neil Warnock will not be revolving his plans around Akpom, but that it is not to say that he will be completely out of the picture.
The 25-year-old needs to prove himself and he definitely has the ability to thrive at second-tier level. Possessing all the physical attributes wanted in the striker, he can cause havoc for opposition defences.
He also the technical ability to match, making it seems strange that he is yet to prove his worth in the Championship. He is a player that Warnock should definitely keep around, at least for another season.