It’s safe to say that it’s been a season to forget for Middlesbrough, as they struggle to stay afloat in the Championship this term.
Boro are currently sat 19th in the second tier standings, and are just two points clear of the relegation zone with nine games remaining in this year’s campaign.
It could be an interesting summer transfer window ahead at Middlesbrough, as Jonathan Woodgate looks to add to his squad ahead of next season.
Two players that have seemingly made a good impression on the Boro boss is Harold Moukoudi and Patrick Roberts, who are both on loan with Middlesbrough.
Speaking in an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Woodgate admitted that he is keen to sign both Moukoudi and Roberts on a permanent deal in the summer, whilst also revealing that he has been in contact with his staff over looking at potential signings in the future.
“We don’t know how things are going to work out, but I’d love to sign them, I’m a big fan of them both.
“I’ve been doing a lot of recruitment work (during lockdown) and speaking to the recruitment department regularly. I’ve been watching players who the recruitment team have watched and we’ve all been forming an opinion.”
Due to recent off-the-field events, the summer transfer window could be pushed back later into this year, with no scheduled return date for fixtures to get back underway being set as of yet.
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It’s good to hear that he’s been in contact with the recruitment department over the break from competitive action.
It’s a difficult time for Woodgate with no scheduled return date in place for football to return as of yet, but it’ll be encouraging to hear that he’s being productive with his time during lockdown.
Middlesbrough haven’t been anywhere near good enough this season, and it’ll be hugely frustrating to watch for the club’s supporters, who will know that they can perform to a much higher level than they currently are.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they signed Moukoudi permanently in the summer, but I’m not sure Manchester City will be willing to sell Roberts permanently in the summer.