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Middlesbrough need a creative midfielder

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By completing the club-record signing of Britt Assombalonga, Garry Monk has ensured that Middlesbrough boast an attack which will be the envy of every other manager in the division.

With the former Peterborough hitman joining Patrick Bamford, Rudy Gestede, Cristhian Stuani as well as fellow summer recruit Martin Braithwaite, Boro boast forwards who are more than capable of finding the back of the net in the second tier, with regularity.

With that array of striking talent, it would be easy to state that there are no excuses for transforming last season’s anemic attack in the Premier League into serial goal grabbers in the Championship.

However, Monk still lacks options in terms of genuine wingers and creative playmakers in order to provide his frontline with enough service to do the damage.

With Victor Fischer having departed the club, and fellow widemen Stewart Downing and Adama Traore linked with the Riverside Stadium exit door, the Teessiders lack an out and out winger.

Of course, Bamford, Stuani and Braithwaite are all capable of operating in wide areas, but it feels like an awkward compromise, removing goalscoring options from their best role in the centre-forward areas.

There can be little doubt that Boro’s only genuine number 10, Gaston Ramirez, should find himself alternatively employed come September, due to a poor season in the top flight, where he also handed in a transfer request in the January transfer window.

However, the Uruguayan’s impending departure leaves Boro short of someone who can unlock the type of mass defence they may encounter on a regular basis as they seek to make an instant return to the top flight – with Jonny Howson, an excellent signing, but not a natural advanced playmaker.

Monk’s next priority should be finding at least one player who can provide reliable service to his mouth-watering attacking options – which would make his new club the team to catch in the second tier next season.

Boro fans – what do you think? Are you happy with your side’s summer business? Do you feel you need an attacking midfielder? Let us know in the comments below…

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