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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing faces an uncertain future with Middlesbrough with the club ‘unlikely’ to offer him a new deal, according to the Northern Echo.
The winger completed his move to the Riverside Stadium in the January transfer window but has struggled to really establish himself as a regular first team player under Neil Warnock.
Mendez-Laing has started just two games for the Teessiders in that time, and with his sh0rt-term deal set to expire this summer, it seems that he could be looking for a new challenge for the next campaign.
So would it be the right decision for Middlesbrough to let Nathaniel Mendez-Laing leave?
The team at FLW have their say…
This is a tricky one to pass much judgement on.
We’ve already seen what Mendez-Laing is capable of in the Championship, having caught the eye with a number of strong performances for Cardiff City earlier in his career.
Since returning to football, he’s not had much of a chance to showcase his talent with Middlesbrough, so it would be unfair to judge him solely on his performances in the second-half of the 2020/21 season.
I wouldn’t say he’s deserving of a new contract with Middlesbrough, but then again, I really wouldn’t be surprised to see Boro live to regret this, especially if Mendez-Laing can get back to his best heading into the new league campaign.
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Things just haven’t really worked out for him at Boro so far but I think Warnock could do with giving him the benefit of the doubt.
He obviously had a lot of issues going on away from the pitch which led to his sudden departure from Cardiff City and he hasn’t played a lot of football this year.
With a full pre-season under his belt this summer, perhaps we would see what he can really offer to Middlesbrough.
However with Warnock knowing that he has to ship some players out in order to bring new blood in, it’s no surprise that Mendez-Laing hasn’t earnt a new deal.
This surprises me a little.
On the face of it, Mendez-Laing hasn’t done an awful lot to write home about at Boro whatsoever, scoring only one goal in only nine appearances.
He’s had his problems off the pitch, though, and I thought that Warnock would be the man to help revive his career after working really well with him at Cardiff.
But clearly, the Boro boss has his eye on other targets, and you can’t really blame him given the lack of impact Mendez-Laing has made this season.
I think there are younger options out there who would perform a lot better and prove to provide more value for money.