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Middlesbrough should give youth a chance if they can’t land Keiren Westwood

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Since Garry Monk’s arrival at the Riverside Stadium, rumours have been flying around that Middlesbrough will sign a new goalkeeper.

Following the departures of Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan, The Sun linked Boro with Manchester United outcast Sam Johnstone, while the Newcastle Chronicle have reported talks between the Teessiders and their rivals over a deal for Karl Darlow.

However, while Monk’s desire for defensive solidity is admirable and understandable, he already has a very capable option on the books at Middlesbrough – Connor Ripley.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at Oldham Athletic last season. He played in every league match and was named in the League 1 Team of the Season, having conceded just 44 goals and kept 18 clean sheets.

Ripley is a local boy, and would create another connection between the passionate support and their club, following a season where many players from all over Europe were recruited and many flattered to deceive – with outgoing Guzan among the most notable culprits.

However, the Coventry Telegraph’s report that Monk has launched a £4.5m bid for Sheffield Wednesday’s Keiren Westwood alters the landscape.

You would be hard pressed to find a better goalkeeper in the second tier than the Irishman, and Ripley could have few complaints if he had to play second fiddle to such a class act.

However, should Boro fail in their attempts to sign Westwood, Monk should seriously consider handing Ripley a first-team opportunity.

Boro fans – what do you think? Who should start next season between the sticks? Let us know in the comments below…


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Article title: Middlesbrough should give youth a chance if they can’t land Keiren Westwood

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