Middlesbrough’s need for new strikers this summer could be about to get even more intense with the club making a decision on Chuba Akpom’s future.
Reports from Teamtalk have claimed that the Teessiders have told the 25-year-old that he’ll be able to leave the club this summer.
Akpom only arrived at the club last summer after arriving from Greek side PAOK for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £3million.
Despite Neil Warnock claiming that Akpom was ‘his number one choice’ and that he ‘wanted him for a long time’, the striker has come in for criticism from the 72-year-old over the course of the campaign.
It’s been far from an ideal campaign for the former Arsenal youngster, with Akpom scoring just five times in all competitions this term, but while many expected him to become a more prominent figure next season, it now seems that his days at the club may be numbered.
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As you’d expect, the report has certainly garnered a strong reaction from Middlesbrough supporters with many unhappy with Warnock and the recruitment team, claiming that they must take some responsibility for the player failing to be a success.
Here’s what some have had to say.
What a waste of money and this is one Warnock has to take the blame for
— Matthew Bye (@MatthewBye13) May 13, 2021
He's not good enough, if we can get some money for him then do it. We need to improve drastically up top if we have any chance of going up
— Ben McGoohan (@BMcgoohan) May 13, 2021
I’m so confused by this, warnock personally said he wanted him in. Then when we do play him we lump him upfront and hoof balls up to him which clearly isn’t his game. Another transfer shocker
— Louis Coulton-Massey (@louisC_M) May 13, 2021
Wasn't he one of warnocks main transfer targets at the time?
Surprised warnock hasn't bene told he can leave. Poor signings and our form in 2021 has been shocking. I don't trust him in the transfer market
— Adam Brown (@AdamBro29683783) May 13, 2021
another brilliant piece of business from the clown show that is Boro's recruitment dept
— Doug Henderson (@DougHen39202586) May 13, 2021
Another great example of a joined up football club…
With finances the way they are this summer we’ll be lucky to get a fee at all, let alone what we paid less than 12 months ago https://t.co/joQIubX5e4
— Josh Hollis (@joshhollis) May 13, 2021
Feel for Chuba, we didn’t play to his or any of our strikers strengths last year… https://t.co/rPSjAbJWWO
— Jonny Bullock (@JonnyBullock1) May 13, 2021
You know what, I feel sorry for Akpom I really do.
Fair enough, he might not be of the quality we wanted/needed, but he's been thrown under the bus this season a fair bit.
— Ian Smith (@Smithy_MFC84) May 13, 2021