This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Middlesbrough have recently been linked with a move for Fleetwood Town winger Wes Burns ahead of the January transfer window according to The Sun (10/11, page 59).
Football League World’s Middlesbrough fan pundit Phil Wrightson insists that the club are right to be targeting players from the lower leagues, with finances currently tighter than they’ve previously been at the Riverside Stadium.
“I think its time to accept that we can’t be sniffy about targeting League One players as there is very little money in the budget and our current position and finances does not make us an attractive proposition to players currently at high-flying Championship/struggling Premier League teams.
“Fleetwood are actually only about seven places lower than us in the league pyramid so it could be argued that it is not a massive jump for Burns if we decide to target him.”
Middlesbrough are fighting to survive in the Championship this season, and currently occupy one of the places in the relegation zone at the moment.
The regular punter went on to admit that Jonathan Woodgate’s side need to find players that are going to provide the creative spark in the team to lift them up the table as soon as possible.
“We are crying out for creative attacking players and given our current position it may be time for a Hail Mary or two in terms of our recruitment, gambling on players who are in form and would look at Boro as an attractive proposition.
“Assombalonga thrives on balls from out wide as well as through balls played to him between the defensive line; something a winger like Burns could hopefully provide as opposed to the long ball, Pulis-type game we appear to be getting drawn back into.”
The fan pundit also is keen to see Woodgate add in-form players to his squad in the January transfer window, as Middlesbrough are really struggling to retain their status and find any sort of form in the second tier this season.
“In-form players is something we have a dearth of so I would hope that, if not Burns, a similar player is recruited in January to help address the mess we inexplicably find ourselves in.”
Middlesbrough are next in action against Hull City after the international break, in a game where they’ll be hoping to end their winless run in the Championship.