Middlesbrough’s sale of Adama Traore in the summer window means Tony Pulis’ side now lacks the drive and pace provided by the Spaniard, and Boro could be in the market for a replacement winger in January.
Here are three wingers Middlesbrough could sign in the January transfer window.
1. Oliver Burke – West Bromwich Albion
Burke was on Middlesbrough’s radar when the young Scotsman was plying his trade in Germany with Red Bull Leipzig, but the winger chose to move to West Brom instead.
However, his move to the Hawthorns has been far from successful. He has only started three games since arriving for £15 million last January, and has not featured at all in the Championship this season, and has been playing for the U23 side.
Boro could offer Burke a lifeline, and he could provide a different option to what they already have at their disposal.
2. Albert Adomah – Aston Villa
With Steve Bruce’s departure at Villa, the door could still be open at the club under new boss Dean Smith.
Adomah looked set to join Middlesbrough on deadline day, but the deal fell through due to deliberations over what type of deal both clubs wanted to happen.
The Ghanaian is believed to be open to a return to the club he spent three years at between 2013 and 2016, earning promotion to the Premier League in that time. He was a fan-favourite on Teesside, and would seemingly be welcomed back with open arms.
3. Jota – Birmingham City
A consistent performer since moving to the Championship with Brentford in 2014, Jota has been mightily impressive for both the Bees and Birmingham in recent seasons.
His trickery and dribbling ability would mean Middlesbrough would be getting a real player if they pulled off this coup, and he would seemingly demand less of a transfer fee than both Adomah and Burke.