Two Replacements For Viktor Fischer Who Middlesbrough Can Target
A relegation and a new manager will always mean that change is afoot at a club and Middlesbrough is no different in this regard.
In fact, I’d say they must be pleased at the lack of activity in a way, the club and the squad remaining relatively settled given the overall situation. Winger Viktor Fischer was sold this week to German club Mainz for an undisclosed fee, with the Danish international unwilling to play second tier football in England and understandably so.
Despite only playing 13 league games last term for Boro, he did manage 3 assists and looked close to firing in England. So the club will be disappointed to lose him. Stewart Downing may be allowed to leave the club too and so replacements out wide are definitely on Garry Monk’s wish list for the summer. Here are two players who may come in and ease the loss of the 23-year-old former Ajax man.
Aiden McGeady (Everton)
Everton winger Aiden McGeady may want to be involved in the promotion chase with a more established club as he clearly still possesses plenty of ability.
McGeady had an excellent season last term at Deepdale and can clearly do it in this division. The Republic of Ireland international winger has only one year left on his Everton deal and with the Merseysiders spending big this summer, they will be happy to get him off the wage bill.
A hugely impressive 8 goals and 9 assists came in the Championship last season for McGeady at Preston and similar figures for the 31-year-old this time around may well be the thing that could send Boro up.
Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United)
A new contract is being discussed to keep Gouffran at Newcastle for one more year, however with nothing decided yet and Christian Atsu at the club permanently to complement the returning Rolando Aarons, it remains to be seen how much game time the Frenchman can expect to receive in the Premier League.
Gouffran chipped in with 5 goals, 3 assists and had a pass completion rate of nearly 80% in the Championship during Newcastle’s title-winning Championship season and finds himself touted as a potential signing at many clubs at this level. Middlesbrough would be a good fit given that he already lives in the north east too.