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‘In a word, no’ – Should Middlesbrough sanction temporary departure for 19-year-old? The verdict



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…

Josh Coburn’s progress at Middlesbrough has been slightly halted by the arrival of Chris Wilder. 

The 19-year-old has shown glimpses of excellence already in the early stages of his career thus far, scoring three goals in just 248 Championship minutes.

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It appears that Wilder considers Coburn to be a player for the future and it seems that the 54-year-old is looking to bolster his attacking options in January.

Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts on whether or not Coburn should be allowed to depart on loan in January…

Charlie Gregory 

Coburn looks a decent prospect and has impressed given the chance so far at Middlesbrough.

If there isn’t room for him in the squad under Chris Wilder, then a loan move should definitely happen. He hasn’t played since November but if you look at the goals he has managed and some of the displays he has put in, he could definitely do a job in the second or third tier.

It means that there is no reason why he shouldn’t be playing more regularly because you can see he is well capable of doing so based on his showings for Boro. In that respect, he would be better served continuing his development somewhere else on a short-term basis.

If he can get the chance to play more regularly elsewhere, then it could benefit Chris Wilder next season. While there may be no place for the player at the Riverside Stadium right now, he could return a much better player if he gets more experience – and then also become a regular first-team player at Boro.

Ben Wignall

I don’t necessarily think that Middlesbrough should be looking to get rid of Coburn on a temporary basis.

He could potentially get regular football in League One somewhere but with three Championship goals in seven matches, Coburn proves he has a place at the Riverside this season.

With Chris Wilder’s 3-5-2 system, he really needs four strikers at least to be able to rotate and play.

Aaron Connolly looks to be coming in and if Uche Ikpeazu departs, Coburn will definitely be needed around as an option.

Coburn can learn a lot from the likes of Andraz Sporar and Duncan Watmore if he stays for the rest of the season and that’s what Boro should be looking to do.

Chris Thorpe

In a word, no. I think he would be better suited to stay in and around the first team.

He has already shown in spurts that he is good enough to adapt to the demands of the Championship and I think it would be wrong to take that away from him.

It would be good to keep him around in order to make him fight for his place.

Therefore he would experience exactly what it is like to be in a competitive squad.

Loaning him out could be a step back in some ways.

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Article title: ‘In a word, no’ – Should Middlesbrough sanction temporary departure for 19-year-old? The verdict

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