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‘Proven goalscorer to add a new dimension’ – Middlesbrough fan pundit urges club to move for 23 y/o in January

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Football League World’s Middlesbrough fan pundit Phil Wrightson has suggested signing Peterborough United striker Ivan Toney in January would be a great move for the club.

According to Teamtalk, the North East side were interested in a move for Toney in the summer as Jonathan Woodgate looked to strengthen his attacking options.

The 23-year-old scored 23 goals last season and has made a fast start to the new campaign, netting seven times in seven League One games.

Boro did not bring in a new striker in the summer and Wrightson has indicated that he believes signing Toney in January could be a great bit of business.

He said: “Woodgate had targeted getting a striker on-board in the summer and I think all the fans were disappointed that we failed to do so.

“We’ve looked light up top in the first few games with Britt Assombalonga being the only player to contribute more than one goal, so there is definitely a boost needed up top, especially given the high tempo pressing game Woodgate wants to see us play.

“Toney has started this season well and is averaging a goal a game; he may attract a number of teams in January if he continues this way, which might be an issue for us in terms of competing with the financial package we could offer.

“If we could get a deal over the line, though, I think Boro fans would welcome a player who is a proven goalscorer to add a new dimension and reduce the pressure that we put on Britt to score all of our goals.”

Wrightson added that he felt the Posh forward fitted in with the club’s recent transfer strategy.

He explained: “We know from the summer transfer window that we have a limited budget and our targets appear to be young League One players if the signings of Marcus Browne, Anfernee Dijksteel and Marc Bola are anything to go by.

“Ivan Toney certainly fits into this category and having concentrated on shoring up the full-back positions in the summer, investing in a striker would appear to be the next rational step.”

Boro earned just their second Championship win under Woodgate on Saturday, beating Reading 1-0 at the Riverside.

The win saw them move up to 13th in the table ahead of their meeting with 14th-place Cardiff City on the weekend. 

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