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…
The Championship side are eyeing a loan move for the Brazilian as they look to strengthen Chris Wilder’s side going into the new season.
Here we ask our FLW writers their verdict on if the 21-year old would be a good addition to Boro’s squad…
This does feel like it could be a rather good signing for Middlesbrough to get done.
With no player getting into double figures in terms of league goals last season, and with Andraz Sporar, Folarin Balogun and Aaron Connolly having all moved on this summer, it seems clear the club will need to bring in some strikers this summer.
Muniz didn’t really get many chances at Fulham last season – which is not surprising given the form of Aleksandar Mitrovic – but when he did get on the pitch, there were certainly signs that he could pose a threat for Championship defences.
As a result, the Brazilian could be a useful outlet if brought to the Riverside Stadium, and given game time could again be hard to come by at Craven Cottage, Muniz could relish the chance to get this sort of opportunity elsewhere, so this does feel like it could be worth pursuing for Middlesbrough.
This certainly has the potential to be an exciting signing for Middlesbrough.
It is clearly an area that needed to be targeted this summer after how things went in the striking department for the club last campaign and Muniz is the latest in a long line of forwards to be linked with a move to the Riverside.
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Fulham obviously paid a sizable fee for the Brazilian last summer when he joined them from Flamengo, but, his first team opportunities were very limited due to the form of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
There is no shame in being kept out of the side by the Serbian, though, and Muniz did still manage to score five goals in just 488 minutes of Championship football – the equivalent of just over five and a quarter 90 minute matches.
I think if given regular gametime Muniz could be a hit at Championship level and as such, this would be a shrewd pick up for Chris Wilder’s side.
This could be an excellent signing for Middlesbrough.
Improving their forward options has to be a top priority this summer. Boro were outscored by all of the top six clubs and only one player reached double figures in terms of goals.
Rodrigo Muniz was little more than a backup for Fulham last term but gained some experience in the Championship that could be vital to helping him succeed at the Riverside.
His goal return from 2021/22 – five goals in 488 minutes of league football – is pretty impressive and a run of starts could help him really find his feet in English football.
The 21-year-old will be hungry to prove himself and Boro can benefit.