• Ben Strickland

Talking Transfers - 10 Players Middlesbrough Could Target This Summer.

With potentially just 15 first team players left at the club come the end of the season, there is a big job on the hands of the Middlesbrough hierarchy if we are to achieve a legitimate promotion push next season. Here are 10 players I’d hope are of the similar ilk to those we are scouting behind the scenes:

Keinan Davis

Age – 23

Position – Striker Club – Aston Villa Game time has been limited for Davis, with only brief cameo appearances off the bench this season for Villa. The 6ft 2 striker would surely tick some of the boxes in Warnock’s search for a target man type player. Though Davis is also good on the ball. A loan move would suit the short-term vision but Keinan’s versatility would be an asset should we go in with a permanent transfer. Strengths/Style according to WhoScored

  • Dribbling

  • Passing

  • Key Passing

Omar Marmoush

Age 22

Position – Striker/Winger Club – St Pauli (on loan from Wolfsburg) If this season has shown Warnock or fans alike anything, it is that we cannot rely on our strikers to score consistently in our current set up. A Marmoush type signing would certainly excite, if played as an inside forward he could be the wide pivot as well as a good contributor to the goals; much like Taraabt was in Warnock’s QPR side. He has 6 goals and 3 assists for St Pauli this season. Strengths/Styles according to WhoScored

  • Dribbling

  • Through Balls

  • Long Shots

Nathaneal Ogbeta

Age – 19 Position – Left back/Left Midfield. Club – Shrewsbury

Nathaneal only just joined Shrewsbury in January on a transfer from Man City and already has 2 goals and 2 assists to his name. Should Marvin Johnson leave Boro then Ogbeta would be a fitting replacement as a defensive winger. As well as cover for Marc Bola should he get injured. He is out of contract at the end of next summer and Shrewsbury could be tempted to sell if the right offer comes in. Strengths/Styles according to WhoScored

  • Dribbling

  • Likes to play short passes.

  • Tackling

Josh Sims

Age – 24

Position – Winger Club – Doncaster (on loan from Southampton) Out of contract at Southampton in the summer, he is a risk-free signing. Registered 9 assists and 1 goal for Doncaster this season. He is a player with bags of pace and is the exact sort of winger we need in the summer. Strengths/Styles according to WhoScored

  • Defensive Contribution

  • Taking Set-Pieces

  • Passing

  • Key Passes

Dan N’Lundulu

Age: 22 Position – Striker

Club – Southampton

Has only had brief cameo appearances in the Premier League this season, though still highly rated by the Saints. A loan deal may suit all parties, or even a permanent deal, with the player out of contract at the end of next season; Southampton may want to cash in. He is an ‘awkward player’ tall and quick, like Tammy Abraham. Would be a smart bit of business if Boro were interested.

Christian Walton

Age - 25

Position – Goalkeeper

Club – Brighton

A free agent in the summer, a once very highly rated young English keeper has now only been limited to just 2 FA Cup appearances this season. Boro are crying out for a player who can save a shot on target, which is something we have not had for the past few months. With no transfer fee involved, this would be an incredibly low-risk signing.

Adam Reach

Age – 28

Position – Midfield/Winger

Club – Sheffield Wednesday A player who is no stranger to Boro and has proven to be one of the best utility players in the Championship since he left. Would be suited on either wing or even as a classic box-to-box midfielder under Warnock. He will be a free agent in the summer which makes him another low risk signing. With 5 goals and 3 assists so far for struggling Wednesday, he should walk straight in our midfield 3 alongside Morsy and Tav. Strengths/Styles according to Whoscored

  • Holding onto the ball

  • Through Balls

  • Long Shots

  • Finishing

Isaac Mbenza

Age – 25

Position – Winger/Forward

Club – Huddersfield

Impressed against Boro at the Riverside before having to go off injured. Another free agent at the end of the season and would suit Warnock’s style. Quick and agile, strong and a threat from a dead ball scenario. Would be a no brainer signing.

Strengths/Styles according to WhoScored

  • Key Passes

  • Pace

  • Direct free kicks

  • Long Shots

  • Passing

  • Crossing

Samuel Shashoua*

Age - 21 Position – Winger

Club – CD Tenerife

The England born winger has started to hit form for the Spanish second division side with 2 goals in his last 4 games. The ex-Tottenham and England youth player would surely be a signing that could fill in the space that Kebano will surely leave in the summer.

Alex Palmer

Age - 24

Position - Goalkeeper

Club - Lincoln (On Loan from WBA)

Another player who is hitting form this season is the Imps keeper Alex Palmer. Palmer has kept 14 clean sheets in League 1 this season and will be looking for more first team football next term. With Sam Johnstone’s position as the West Brom number 1 fairly comfortable, Palmer will surely be looking for greener pastures.

Strengths/Styles according to WhoScored

  • Shot Stopping (Reflexes)

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