Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate says he may not recall striker Mitch Curry from his loan with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, despite the club’s current injury issues.
Curry joined the Scottish Championship side on a temporary deal during the summer transfer window, and despite an injury-hit season so far, the 20-year-old has amassed 12 appearances in all competitions for his new club, scoring twice.
There is however a recall option in Curry’s loan, although it appears Woodgate is hesitant to activate that despite the injury problems his side are facing, with attacker Britt Assombalonga reportedly doubtful for the visit of Charlton Athletic to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Speaking to the Teesside Gazette about the possibility of recalling Curry from his exploits in Scotland, it seems Woodgate would prefer to see Curry get some much-needed first-team football north of the border, with the ‘Boro boss claiming: “I’ll have to see. He needs games because he’s been injured quite often and I said this to him.
“He’s a good lad but he needs games and he needs to play and there’s no point in Mitch coming back when he needs a full season.
“He needs to come out of this environment, he had a couple of knee injuries – ankles.”
Curry’s contributions so far this season have helped Inverness to second in the current Scottish second-tier, seven points behind league leaders Dundee United.
This feels like something of an interesting insight into Woodgate’s style of management.
By suggesting that Curry would be better off remaining with Inverness in order to enjoy more game time, it does seem as though he is putting his player’s needs above those of anything else here.
While that is an admirable approach to take and one that could help his standing with his squad, I do think Woodgate needs to be slightly careful here.
Results have not been going Middlesbrough’s way at all recently, so it could prove a mistake for Woodgate to leave himself short on attacking options with injuries seemingly piling up, something which could cost his side yet more points and places in this division, something which would surely put his own job under threat.