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 reportedly eyeing a move for Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates.
The 22-year-old played all 90 minutes of the Reds Championship opener against QPR on the weekend but with so many players coming through the door this summer it seems sides are considering a move.
The Mirror has reported (Transfer news LIVE (15/09, 10:16)) that both Millwall and Boro are eyeing a move for Yates and considering making bids of £1.5 million rising to £2 million.
But would that be a good signing for Boro? And do they need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers…
I think it would be hugely impressive.
He is a player I personally rate. I know some Forest fans perhaps do not see it but others do also really like him and for them it would be a big blow if he left.
I personally can’t see him moving from Forest as I think Lamouchi sees him as a key option for their midfield this season – he has started both games so far this year and played a lot towards the end of the last campaign.
It would be a shock if he left, then, but it must be said stranger things have happened so you never know.
This could be a smart move.
Yates’ spot in the Nottingham Forest starting XI is far from guaranteed, so therefore he could be tempted by a move elsewhere.
Middlesbrough have some strong options available to them in midfield, but I think he’s more than capable of challenging for a spot in their team.
Neil Warnock certainly strikes me as the sort of manager that is capable of getting the very best out of Yates.
They could do far worse than signing a player of his quality before the summer transfer window reaches a conclusion.
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I’m not sure he should be a priority, especially after the signing of Sam Morsy.
Boro have a number of options in central midfield now, with Jonny Howson, Paddy McNair, Lewis Wing and George Saville among those all contending for a starting berth.
In my eyes, I don’t see Yates thrusting himself into the starting eleven at Boro and would likely be utilised as a squad player, so for him personally, it doesn’t strike me as a beneficial move for his development.
Yates is an industrious, hard-working player who is not afraid to do the dirty work and for me, Millwall who are also linked with him, could prove a better destination for him.