Middlesbrough opinion: Boro linked with Dwight Gayle – Good move?
The 28-year-old, who was on loan at West Brom in their failed bid of promotion, is now back with the Magpies. However, it is expected that he won’t stay at Tyneside for too long and would make a permanent move elsewhere sooner rather than later. (h/t Daily Star)
Now, Boro are keen to bring the striker to Teesside ahead of next season (h/t Daily Star). They are looking at Hull City’s Kamil Grosicki as the aim to challenge for promotion next year looks well in sight. (h/t Daily Star)
Gayle has been one of the in-form players in the Championship, where he managed to score 24 goals for the Baggies. Here’s why Middlesbrough are right in attempting to make a move for him:
Boro need a proper goalscorer up front
Middlesbrough under Tony Pulis were a solid team at the back but always struggled to score goals in good numbers. In 46 league games last season, they managed to net only 49 goals, which is way below the standards.
In spite of that, they missed the playoff spots by just a point. Hence, it is clear that the meanest defence in the league (only 41 goals conceded) doesn’t give much away.
Now, with Pulis leaving and the club looking to enhance their chances of promotion next season, they need to play a bolder style of football and score more goals to put teams away.
Britt Assombalonga has been their top scorer for the past two seasons with 14 and 15 goals. Now, he is been linked with a move away from Teesside, Sheffield United being the latest interest party. (h.t Gazette Live)
However, even if the 26-year-old stays at the club, they need to sign another striker. For that reason, they are right in attempting a move for Dwight Gayle.
The 28-year-old may not have made the cut in the Premier League, but he is one of the best in front of goal in the Championship. Returns of 24 goals for West Brom is indicative of that.
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Therefore, if Middlesbrough manage to sign him, they can get a genuine goalscorer up front, around which their attacking game can be built on.