A flurry of recent transfer activity has surely made Middlesbrough favourites for the Championship title.
New manager Garry Monk has brought a considerable number of names through the door, the most significant of which was Britt Assombalonga, smashing Boro’s transfer record and making a statement to the rest of the division of their intent.
Their other business should not be ignored, however, with solid Championship players in Cyrus Christie and Jonny Howson also joining, as well as Toulouse striker Martin Braithwaite, who could prove to be a level above this division.
They face losing a club icon in Stewart Downing for a second time, as the ex-Liverpool man closes in on a move to Birmingham City.
Monk should look to his former club Swansea City for his replacement, in the form of Nathan Dyer.
Dyer played with Monk in Wales for a number of years before Monk coached and then managed him with the Swans.
His game time at the Liberty has been limited for a number of years now.
He was shipped out on loan to Leicester City in 2015/16, where he made a number of substitute appearances and scored one goal, helping the Foxes to the title.
Dyer will surely be available for transfer this summer as he appears to have been blocked out of numerous Swansea managers’ plans across the last few years.
He’s a tricky player who’s best form came following the club’s promotion to the Premier League, scoring 20 goals in Swansea’s first four Premier League seasons.
Dyer’s a different kind of player to Downing but would offer tenacity, flair and raw pace to the Boro side, which could be something they’re missing this year.
Dyer could be a real coup for Garry Monk.
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