This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Bristol City have been offered the chance to sign Middlesbrough striker Chuba Akpom, according to TEAMtalk.
After a difficult first season at the Riverside, Akpom has been told he has no future at the Riverside and has been offered to a string of Championship clubs including the Robins.
So, would he be a good signing for them? And do they need him?
Our FLW writers issue their verdicts…
I don’t particularly think that this would be a good signing.
Akpom has never really been prolific in his career and he has struggled to make an impact at Middlesbrough this season.
5 goals in nearly 40 league appearances isn’t anything to write home about, and I think there are better options out there for City.
City are obviously looking to head in a different direction after letting go of Famara Diedhiou, and they simply must replace his goal threat next season if they want to be successful.
Replacing him with someone like Akpom would be a risk.
This would be a risky signing for Bristol City to make, with Akpom having failed to live up to expectations at Middlesbrough and that is why he is going to be made available for transfer just a year after he made the move to the Riverside.
However, Akpom is a player that does have the potential to score some important goals in the final third if he is given regular game time upfront. Therefore, he might be worth a look for Bristol City who are going to need to add to their attacking options having announced their retained list which confirmed some attacking players have left the club.
Akpom is a player that needs to find a settled home now and be somewhere he can be given the chance to play more regularly. He would be keen to prove a potential point to Neil Warnock and Middlesbrough so could be motivated to perform to a high level for the Robins.
Personally, I would try and avoid this transfer if I were Bristol City. The Robins need more consistent players who they can rely on week in week out and Akpom is not someone who offers that.
I think that this could be a really good signing for Bristol City.
Chuba Akpom has had a really difficult time since moving to Middlesbrough with his relationship with Neil Warnock being far from smooth.
Five goals in total hasn’t helped his cause, but there’s no doubt that he would have done better in a team that was better equipped to play to his strengths.
Akpom is strong and quick, and if given the right level of service there’s no doubt that he would be a big asset for the Robins.
With the likes of Famara Diedhiou set to move on, this could prove to be a really smart piece of business given that he’s likely to be allowed to leave Middlesbrough for a relatively modest fee.