Middlesbrough’s season did not get off to the start they wanted following defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Garry Monk’s men will regroup, and turn to Saturday’s visit of Sheffield United with great expectation.
Monk has spent heavily improving upon the side that was relegated from the Premier League last season, and has spent close to £40 million in his attempt to transform the Teessiders into title candidates.
Further recruits are expected, and if reports are to be believed, Monk could have pulled off one of the loan deals of the summer, with Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker close to joining Boro on a two year loan deal according to the Northern Echo.
The 22-year-old has spent the last couple of years in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem, and last year was phenomenal in the middle of the park, chipping in ten goals as the club finished in fifth place.
With a wicked shot and an ability to pick out a pass, Baker has forged a solid reputation in Dutch football, and is still held in extremely high regard by staff at his parent club.
If Baker does join Boro, he will sit alongside Jonny Howson in midfield, with the former Norwich man presumably taking up a deeper lying role this season, giving Baker the freedom to roam and join in the attack.
Boro already have a magnitude of potential goals in their front three, and with Sheyi Ojo also reportedly close to joining Middlesbrough, this club is beginning to look like a title contender with every passing week.
With Baker and Ojo, is your squad finally complete, Boro fans?