Middlesbrough were big spenders in the summer but it hasn’t paid off with Garry Monk’s men not even in the play-offs as we approach the halfway stage.
The pressure is building on the manager because he really should be doing better with the squad he has at his disposal.
Another issue has been the summer signings made by Monk. Whilst Britt Assombalonga has hit the ground running, the likes of Marvin Johnson and Ryan Shotton among others haven’t made an impact.
The January window gives Monk another chance to add to his squad, although he will have to focus on bringing in real quality, hoping that it will aid a play-off push at the minimum.
Here are five players that he should look to bring to Teesside…
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