Middlesbrough’s play-off aspirations are all but over after suffering a shock loss to Millwall on Saturday. Following the result, Boro manager Neil Warnock has made it very clear that he is not happy with the striker options present at the club.
Boro have struggled to score goals all season and that’s the main reason they’ll remain a Championship club next season. The club will be looking to sign ‘two, or even three’ attackers in the upcoming transfer window.
The Teessiders have Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher – who are both out of contract – and Chuba Akpom as natural number nines. However, with the strikers misfiring, Warnock has given the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Duncan Watmore and Neeskens Kebano a chance in that position too.
Warnock has already made it clear that the club will look for free agents or loan signings if they can’t afford it.
Some potential options:
1. Michael Obafemi (Southampton)
Michael Obafemi is one of the highly rated players at the club and has shown his quality in the games he has featured in. The youngster has scored four goals and provided three assists in just nine starts for the club.
However, he might not be allowed to leave permanently, because of his talent but he might get a loan move, so that he can add much more playing time under his belt. Boro can take advantage of the situation and get him for a season to enhance their forward line.
2. Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace)
The 27-year-old is one of the unluckiest players when it comes to injury. He is barely used at Crystal Palace and a move down to Championship can turn his career around.
His big-money move from Sunderland to the Eagles never really got going, and this is the right time to make a move away.
3. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa)
Keinan Davis has been playing the backup role ever since Ollie Watkins arrived at Villa Park. However, with Wesley set to return soon, Davis could be on his way out of Villa Park.
4. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham)
The striker is currently out on loan in his native France with Dijon. Kamara has struggled for Fulham in the Premier League and is deemed surplus to requirements at Craven Cottage.
Boro was linked with the 26-year-old in January but the move didn’t go through and whether he is a Middlesbrough player or not depends on where Fulham ends the season at, Premier League or Championship.