Why Middlesbrough should beat Sheffield Wednesday to Bez Lubala
According to TEAMtalk (h/t Birmingham Mail), Sheffield Wednesday are leading the race to sign Crawley Town winger Bez Lubala, who has also attracted interest from a number of other clubs higher up the footballing pyramid.
Championship duo Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic, as well as League One high-flyers Peterborough United, are all keeping close tabs on the 21-year-old, who has been in fine form for Crawley Town in the League Two this term. (h/t Birmingham Mail)
Crawley Town are currently 17th in the standings but Bez Lubala has been one of the brightest sparks in what has otherwise been a mediocre start to the season.
The DR Congo-born winger has been an instant hit since his move to The People’s Pension Stadium in the summer and his impressive tally of 7 goals and an assist in 16 league appearances has caught the eye of a few bigger clubs.
Lubala plied his trade with non-league outfits Leicester Nirvana and Friar Lane & Epworth before joining Birmingham City at the youth level back in 2014.
The talented youngster made his senior professional bow for the Blues in the 2017-18 campaign and featured thrice in the Championship last season under former manager Garry Monk.
With Monk now at the helm of affairs at Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday’s interest in the youngster is understandable.
Middlesbrough, though, would bag a real coup if they manage to beat off competition from their rivals in the race to sign the Congolese winger.
The 21-year-old has been making waves with his rich vein of form in the fourth-tier. While the Owls have once again emerged as one of the playoff favourites, Middlesbrough are currently languishing in the relegation zone following a pathetic start to life under Jonathan Woodgate.
With an apparent lack of goals, the need to bring in attacking reinforcements in January is pretty evident. Boro signed only Marcus Browne from West Ham as the only attacking recruit in the summer.
Browne is yet to register a single goal or an assist in 12 Championship outings while the likes of Marcus Tavernier, Lewis Wing, Ashley Fletcher and Marvin Johnson have all failed to live up to the expectations.
Britt Assombalonga has managed to find the net on just 4 occasions so far and Boro certainly need to find a way to improve on their dismal scoring numbers if they are to beat the drop.
Notwithstanding the fact that Bez Lubala is still an unproven talent at the Championship level, the 21-year-old’s prodigious talent and vast potential are worth considering.
As per whoscored, Lubala is profiled as a left-winger and is known for his finishing skills.
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In fact, Lubala has averaged 4.4 shots, 1.9 key passes and 2 dribbles per game in the League Two this term. All in all, the 21-year-old is capable of adding directness as well as goals to Boro’s attack.