Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough side were given a real wake up call at the weekend as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by promotion rivals Aston Villa.
Heading into the hectic festive period, Boro will be hoping they can stay in touch with league-leaders, Norwich City as the January transfer window approaches.
It could be a New Year of change at the Riverside with a potential reshuffle being lined up by the Middlesbrough boss as they look to strengthen their grip on a top six finish.
According to The Northern Echo, Britt Assombalonga could be one of the high-profile names that Pulis looks to offload in January to cut the hefty wage bill at the club.
Crystal Palace could be a potential destination for the striker who will be keen to rediscover his goalscoring form that saw him earn a move to Middlesbrough in the first place.
But do our FLW writers think that Assombalonga would be a good addition for Crystal Palace?
Yes, absolutely, they should be looking at signing him.
I genuinely think Assombalonga is Premier League quality. I can’t for the life of me, find a reason as to why Boro would want to get rid of him.
It’s madness getting rid of him, Middlesbrough don’t deserve promotion.
Assombalonga just isn’t cut out for the Premier League I’m afraid.
He’s been a decent goalscorer in the Championship over the last few years, but he’s never really set the world alight.
A move to the top flight would be detrimental for him.
I don’t think they should be eyeing a deal for him.
He would not be a bad signing by any means, but Britt is hardly ruthless at Championship level so it would be a bit of a risk.
On his day, he is Premier League quality. But there are too many inconsistencies with his game.