This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Burnley have been linked to Middlesbrough forward Marcus Tavernier ahead of the end of the summer window.
According to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old is on the Clarets radar and they could move for him before the end of the month.
So, should Boro look to cash in on him or keep him at the Riverside?
We quizzed our FLW writers for their thoughts…
At 22 years of age with two years to go on his current deal, Marcus Tavernier could turn a pretty penny for Middlesbrough.
Sean Dyche’s men seldom make many signings in a single transfer window however can pay significant transfer fees relative to the Championship market.
If the money could be reinvested in the squad before the transfer window shuts in six days then a mutually beneficial agreement could be met. The addition of Matt Crooks from Rotherham United will take some of the attacking weight off of Tavernier’s young shoulders, and gives Neil Warnock more wriggle room in the window.
My verdict is, cash in if you can reinvest before the window closes. If not then it is worth holding onto the youngster until January and reassessing the situation then.
The 22-year-old has added nine goals and ten assists in the last three seasons, hardly a top-six pushing attacking midfielder. If the price is right it could be a good deal for the club.
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At this stage? Hold your horses.
After seeing Sammy Ameobi ruled out with an injury and Mitchell van Bergen’s move looking in doubt, Neil Warnock’s side currently have a limited number of options on the wing and the sale of Tavernier would only make things worse for the Teesside outfit.
Although Anfernee Dijksteel and Marc Bola can both drive forward from full-back, they need a more advanced threat higher up the pitch and this is what Tavernier provides.
There is a slight temptation to cash in on him though, especially with two years left on his current deal. After this window, his value is only likely to decrease as time runs down on his current deal at the Riverside Stadium, so it could be a potentially beneficial outcome for Boro if they have a couple of wide players arriving imminently.
But after focusing heavily on the van Bergen deal, they might not have these players ready to come in. If they don’t, they should retain him.
Considering how little time there is left now in the summer transfer window it would be a major gamble to sell Marcus Tavernier and hope that they can bring in a replacement.
Middlesbrough are not blessed with creative options within their squad and therefore they would not be able to lose Tavernier without bringing in at least one or two players to replace him.
Neil Warnock is likely to still be eyeing the signing of some creative players irrespective of what happens with Tavernier’s situation. You can therefore not see Middlesbrough allowing the attacker to leave the club at this stage unless Burnley come in with an offer that is too good to turn down.
There is an argument that should Burnley offer £15 million to £20 million for him then Boro could use that money to reinvest in their squad.
However, time is running out to do that and other teams would be able to drive up their valuations of the players they are interested in because of their new cash injection.
At this stage, Middlesbrough need to maintain a firm stance and they should be issuing a clear message that he is not going to be allowed to leave the club.