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Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough are considering signing midfielder Kevin Stewart on a free transfer this summer, according to Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre (13/08, 17:46).
The former Liverpool central midfielder has now departed Hull City following the expiry of his contract at the KCOM Stadium, with the 26-year-old now hunting for a new club to ply his trade.
So, would Boro be a good destination for Stewart? Is he needed at the Riverside?
The team here at FLW take a look….
I think Stewart would be a shrewd pick-up for Boro.
Neil Warnock often likes to build his midfield with solid players and players who aren’t afraid to put in a challenge or two, and Stewart is a robust player who is also technically-gifted on the ball.
Stewart is at a good age and has been a solid, accomplished player at this level for Hull, and I think that he definitely deserves his chance to stay in the Championship and try to push towards the upper echelons of the table with Middlesbrough.
Paddy McNair is likely to attract interest after a stellar individual campaign, and Adam Clayton’s future is also far from certain, and even if the latter signs, I still think they need younger, fresh legs in midfield and Stewart could be that player.
On a free transfer, it’s worth a shout for sure.
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This is a smart move.
Stewart was one of the few Hull City players to come away with any credit for their performances last season, in what was a forgetful season for Grant McCann’s side.
The midfielder would add much-needed strength in depth to Neil Warnock’s current options, and competition for places is never a bad thing in a team.
Hull will know that they’re fighting a losing battle to keep him at the club as well, as he’ll be wanting to play his football at the highest level possible.
This would be a good move for both parties involved.
This is an interesting link and you can see why Warnock might want to link up with Stewart.
He’s hard working in the midfield and has a little bit of bite about him, which will obviously appeal to Warnock.
There’s sure to be a little bit of concern surrounding Boro’s ambition by chasing this deal, though. If we are honest, it is hard to say that Stewart is the most inspiring signing.
However, he’s very affordable and in a tough summer it’s not a bad signing by any stretch.
If Warnock is happy to take him, so should the Boro fans.