Neil Warnock has explained his decision not to sign Dylan Bahamboula, crediting the emergence of Jeremy Sivi as a key reason.
It was revealed earlier this month that the Oldham Athletic man was training with Middlesbrough as he looked to earn a permanent move to the Riverside Stadium following a recommendation from Keith Curle.
While the 26-year-old was certainly impressive during his trial period the decision was made not to offer him a contract at the club, meaning that he has since returned to Boundary Park ahead of the new season.
The decision certainly caught some supporters offguard, but according to Warnock it was 18-year-old Sivi who convinced the manager that the solution to his problems on the wing could be closer to home than he thought.
Speaking to Teesside Live, Warnock said: “I think Dylan did well, and I told Keith [Curle] how excellent he was.
“I’m just looking for something different if I’m honest.
“I don’t think there is much difference between Dylan and Jeremy, if I’m honest, and I don’t want to bring someone in just for the sake of it.”
For Sivi it could be a pivotal summer.
The 18-year-old moved to the Riverside Stadium at the end of last season and has since been an integral part of Warnock’s plans during their pre-season friendlies against Bishop Auckland and Saltash United.
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Jeremy Sivi could prove to be one of the big breakout stars for Middlesbrough this term.
The 18-year-old looks like a really exciting talent based on his appearances so far and that could give Neil Warnock some big decisions to make in the coming weeks.
It will be a big ask for Sivi to come in and become a first team regular but if the former Leyton Orient youngster can get himself in and around the first team squad next term then it could be a huge boost for both the player and the club.