As they sit near the top of the table, most people’s thoughts on the transfer priorities of Middlesbrough Football Club would suggest that the team from Teesside need to strengthen their attack.
Boss Aitor Karanka has addressed this issue as the club from the North East recently signed Spanish forward Kike Sola, they are also known to be interested in a couple of other strikers and it will be interesting to see whether they will strengthen their options in attack.
Questions are being asked by fans and staff alike concerning where else the Reds’ squad needs to be strengthened.
The Boro have kept a sensational record of clean sheets so far this season and before the 16th of January they had not conceded a goal since November 7th.
This fantastic statistic shows how consistent and reliable Middlesbrough’s defence is.
This run of great form on the other hand is proving difficult to replicate in the back half of January and as the first month of the new year comes to an end, Middlesbrough are in dire form, after losing their last three games in all competitions.
Looking at these facts it is easy to see that something needs to be done in the transfer window and also begs the question: Do they need to sign a defender?
They’ve been linked to 21-year-old Swedish defender Victor Lindelof on loan until the summer.
The player is in the Benfica squad at the moment and is known by the fans for his versatility as he can play anywhere across the defence.
This may be exactly what Middlesbrough need in case they pick up some crucial injuries in the run up to the end of the season.
They are also hoping to be playing in the Barclays Premier League next season and a young defender who can also push into the holding midfield position, could prove to be a great resource if they hope to retain their top flight status.
Karanka may look elsewhere to sign a new name for his continually improving squad, he has made several transfers from his home country of Spain in the past, and many eager fans are waiting to see if he will bring in another player from the Liga BBVA.
Alternatively, he may look to the Premier League for young defensive talent, a good option for Karanka could be Liverpool’s English prospect Brad Smith who had a fantastic debut against Exeter in the League Cup, getting an assist and then a goal later in the game, showing he has good attacking qualities as well as defensive ones.
If Karanka was to give the Englishman a chance then he could be a useful utility player for Middlesbrough.
There are also other young players who are looking to be loaned out for some experience away from their Premier League clubs.
This is a fantastic option for Karanka if he foresees any injury struggles occurring within the next few months.
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