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Neil Warnock identifies where Middlesbrough need to strengthen in January



Neil Warnock wants another striker in the January transfer window and hopes the club will provide him with a diverse array of targets.

Uche Ikpeazu and Andraz Sporar has been up and down so far this season, showing promise that in time they will be able to fire the goals to aid Middlesbrough’s promotion push and bring some consistency at the top of the pitch.

Josh Coburn came off the bench to score in a win over Peterborough United in mid October but his manager would like a more credible Championship-ready option in the final third.

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The 72-year-old revealed his January transfer window desire when he spoke to TeessideLive.

He said: “We need another physical striker to take pressure off other lads.

“I think we’ve got three full-time members on the recruitment team and now Kieran (Scott) has come in. So I’m hoping when we have a meeting they have got some good targets for us. And I don’t just want foreign targets, I want English targets as well, or Great British.”

Boro have struggled to put a run together this season and are in the huge cluster of teams between fifth and 19th only separated by six points. Gaining an edge in the transfer window could make an enormous difference and completely change the outlook of a club’s fan base and squad.

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Boro’s position in the table is inflated by a very kind recent run of games. Three consecutive 2-0 wins over three sides in the bottom five in the division with losses to Hull City and Birmingham City either side demonstrate that they are not capable of competing for a play-off place in their current guise.

It is apparent that Warnock does not have much power in terms of transfers and therefore makes it clear to the board in the media that he does not want only foreign players to be offered to him in January. Whether that will be the case or not we will have to wait and see.

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