Despite not currently having a manager in place at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough’s owner, Steve Gibson, will surely be looking at players he could potentially recruit this summer, to help Boro back to the Premier League next season
Boro’s problem in the top-flight last season was their attacking threat, and the departure of Alvaro Negredo has made the need for attacking reinforcements even greater over the summer.
Patrick Bamford and Rudy Gestede offer Boro more than capable options in attack, with both proving throughout their careers that they have what it takes to be a success in the Sky Bet Championship.
However, if Boro are to make an instant return to the Premier League, they will need support across a long Championship season, and one player Gibson should be looking to bring to the Riverside Stadium is Crystal Palace’s Fraizer Campbell, who is out of contract at Selhurst Park this summer.
Campbell, 29, has struggled for opportunities in South London with Palace, but was signed by the Eagles from Cardiff City in 2014, after showing just how prolific he can be – particularly when the striker bagged seven goals in just 12 appearances towards the end of the 2012/13 campaign, to fire the Bluebirds to promotion.
The striker played for Cardiff in the top-flight the following season, before earning a transfer to Selhurst Park, but since then, Campbell has struggled for consistent opportunities in the top-flight.
Boro should look to sign Campbell ahead of their return to the Championship, and give the 29-year old a chance to reignite his career alongside Bamford and Gestede at the Riverside.
If Campbell can replicate the form he showed during his early days with Cardiff, in the Championship for Boro, it could be a very swift return to the Premier League for Gibson’s club.