Middlesbrough youngster Williams Kokolo is attracting attention from clubs such as Bayern Munich and West Ham United according to The Mirror (20th March, page 53).
The Frenchman only signed for Middlesbrough earlier this month as he was reportedly told that the Black Cats would not offer the 19-year-old new terms at the Stadium of Light. The move appears to have gone under the radar, but Kokolo has been receiving admirers from the very top of the European games, if the latest reports are to be believed.
German giants Bayern Munich are set to be interested as well as West Ham United and Italian side Napoli, according to The Mirror (20 March, page 53).
However, Kokolo will now be looking to focus his attention on helping Middlesbrough retain their Championship status for the 2020/2021 season. Boro have just nine games left to play this season to confirm safety as they sit in 19th place and just two points ahead of Charlton Athletic.
Boro still have work to do this season but getting results against fellow relegation candidates Stoke City and Hull City will go a long way for their survival prospects.
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Kokolo might be given his opportunity in the final nine games of the season as Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate has shown that he trusts the younger players in his squad. The likes of Hayden Coulson and Dael Fry have been utilised on several occasions this season for Boro and Kokolo could be the next name to be thrown into the first team picture before the season concludes.
The Frenchman started his career in his homeland with France with AS Monaco but found opportunities hard to come by and therefore looked for greener pastures at Sunderland when they signed him back in 2017.
But the left-back was not able to find first team opportunities at the Stadium of Light, with a loan move to National League North side Darlington not enough to convince him to stay with the Black Cats.
If the latest reports are to be believed, then it would appear that Middlesbrough have pulled off quite a coup. To be linked with clubs competing in Europe’s elite competition must prove that Kokolo has immense talent and as a club Middlesbrough will be looking to develop him and begin to integrate him into the first team.
Right now, Middlesbrough are in a situation where they might not be so eager to rely on their younger players as a few bad results could see them slip into the bottom-three.
The other side of that would suggest that if he is good enough, he will be old enough to flourish in the current Middlesbrough side. He clearly has bags of both ability and potential for clubs such as Bayern Munich to be looking at him and his fresh play style could make the difference in Middlesbrough retaining their Championship status or not.