Neil Warnock is happy to trust his instincts rather than delve too deep into statistical analysis, in looking to bring in some free agents in the remaining weeks of the transfer window, he told Teesside Live.
Middlesbrough signed Argentinian midfielder Martin Payero from Banfield this summer and are in the market for other South American players but Warnock is keen to attract players who are ready to hit the ground running. He cited the addition of Duncan Watmore this time last year, in his free agent strategy.
Warnock said: “There are still a couple of players I’d like who aren’t fixed up, who are free transfers in the league.
“They haven’t got great scoring records so I’m told, like I was told ‘are you sure you want Duncan Watmore, his record is terrible’. I just have to back my own judgement, stats don’t always tell the whole story.”
Boro could break into the top two with victory over Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday evening, the 72-year-old believes in the squad carved in his own image. With Warnock’s experience of gaining promotion from the Championship it is difficult to build a case in doubting his methods and transfer policy certainly comes under that.
He continued: “I think Uche could get double figures this year, but stats don’t back that up. I think Crooksy could get double figures, I think the centre-halves can score five or six each, but none of the stats would say that. It’s just how I feel with what we’ve got.”
Crooks and Ikpeazu came in from relegated Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers respectively, the wiley manager finding value in the market yet again.
Boro are in safe hands with Neil Warnock and one thing you can guarantee even if he does not recruit the most attractive names, is that they will be players that will leave everything on the pitch.
Chase every lost cause and do the dirty work for the team that can make such a big difference in the small margins that can have huge implications in a division like the Championship.
Payero is an intriguing addition, joining for a fee of over £6million according to Transfermarkt. An interesting tactic to splash that kind of cash and then look for free agents but you know whatever remit and group of players Warnock obtains, he will get the best out of them.