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“Could be an ideal addition” – Middlesbrough cast eyes over Chelsea defender: The verdict

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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…

Middlesbrough are weighing up a possible summer move for Chelsea defender Baba Rahman, as per a report from Ghana Soccer Net

Boro face divisional competition from Reading for the left-back’s services, with Rahman spending last season on loan with the Royals, impressing in his 29 league games with the Berkshire outfit.

The report states that PAOK FC and Augsburg have also approached Chelsea in regard to Rahman’s situation coming into the summer months.

With Neil Taylor leaving Middlesbrough in the summer, Chris Wilder is seemingly looking to bolster his full-back options ahead of an expected promotion push next season.

Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts regarding Boro’s interest in the Chelsea defender…

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Adam Jones 

Although he was part of the joint-worst defence in the Championship last season, the Ghanaian was a reasonably decent figure in the Royals’ backline.

The wing-back role is something that would definitely suit him considering his defensive vulnerabilities – and he has certainly shown a willingness to get forward during his time at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

With Neil Taylor leaving, Boro certainly need a new option in this position and with this, he could be an ideal addition at the Riverside Stadium.

They shouldn’t be prepared to fork out too much though in terms of his transfer fee and wages – because he didn’t exactly establish himself as one of the best full-backs in the Championship during 2021/22.

If they can negotiate a cut-price agreement though, he would be a useful option.

Josh Cole 

Given that Boro will need to bolster their options at left-back following the departure of Neil Taylor, they may find it beneficial to secure the services of Rahman this summer.

During his recent loan spell at Reading, the defender managed to show some real signs of promise as he helped the club avoid relegation to League One by making 29 appearances in the Championship.

As well as making 2.9 tackles per game, Rahman also completed two clearances per fixture as he recorded an average WhoScored match rating of 6.77 in the second-tier.

By learning from the guidance of Chris Wilder, the 27-year-old could go on to become an ever-present in Middlesbrough’s starting eleven next season as the club aim to launch a push for promotion.

Declan Harte 

Rahman could be a solid option to have in the squad as he is an experienced full back with plenty still to prove.

While this doesn’t quite spark the imagination, Rahman is a dependable figure who could fit well in Chris Wilder’s team.

He also has experience playing in the Championship having played for Reading last season, playing well in the process.

This will provide good competition on the left flank, but it is likely that the 27-year old will be considered second choice behind Marc Bola when he is fully fit.


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