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Middlesbrough are weighing up a transfer move for Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards, as per journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The 27-year-old wideman is also wanted by Luton Town as both clubs get prepared for the new Championship season’s resumption next month.
The Welshman made 27 appearances for Paul Lambert’s side last season, scoring two goals as the Tractorboys failed to launch a push for the promotion spots.
So, is Edwards what Boro need? Would he be a good signing for Neil Warnock’s side?
The team here at FLW discuss….
Boro perhaps need a little bit more spark going forwards and Edwards does have trickery in his armoury.
His goal output should be a bit of a concern for Boro – he only scored twice and set up one last season and for a wide player that needs more, so Neil Warnock needs to consider that.
For me, I think in the end Boro may look elsewhere to add in this area, but if they get Edwards on the cheap it could be worth the risk.
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Edwards is a steady player and, in many ways, I can see why Warnock would want him.
He isn’t spectacular by any stretch of the imagination (or at least not consistently), but he will work hard for the team and provide a goal threat, which is all Warnock really asks of his wingers.
In that respect, it looks a good fit and is your typical ‘Warnock signing’.
For what it is worth, I feel Ipswich might do a bit more to hold onto him in League One given his experience of that level, but Championship football will talk and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the winger on the move.
I think this would be a solid signing for Warnock and Boro this summer.
When Ipswich were emphatically relegated two seasons ago, Edwards showed real flashes of ability in the second-tier.
He has serious pace and that is something that was perhaps lacking at times at The Riverside last season; someone who can break beyond their full-back and make something happen out of nothing.
He had a bit of a tricky time of it in League One last season, as did most Ipswich players, but if the price is right I think Edwards is definitely worth a punt.