Middlesbrough boss Michael Carrick says the club will look into a new deal for striker Chuba Akpom before the end of the season.
Akpom is the Championship’s leading scorer as things stand, with 19 goals to his name in 27 league appearances so far this season. He’s out of contract in 2024 after Boro activated a one-year extension to his stay earlier in the campaign, but reports this week have claimed that Boro want a new contract for the in form striker.
And speaking to The Northern Echo ahead of this weekend’s game v Reading, Carrick was quizzed on Akpom’s contract situation.
The Boro boss said:
“Sitting here, no there is nothing to update on right now. Listen, Chuba is obviously doing great for us and it’s something we are looking at between now and the end of the season.
“Not just Chuba but contracts for players moving ahead into the summer and next season. Individually though, there is no update to give you on Chuba.”
Middlesbrough currently sit in 3rd place of the Chioanhip table and go up against Reading tomorrow afternoon.
There’s no really huge names out of contract this summer, with Johnny Howson perhaps being the biggest. At the end of next season though, Boro obviously see Akpom’s deal expire, as well as the contracts of Dael Fry, Matt Crooks, Paddy McNair, and Marc Bola.
So for Carrick and co, a bit of thought needs to be given to the future. And right now might be a good time to tie some players down to long-term deals as the mood will be good in the Middlesbrough camp right now, given their fine form in the league.
Middlesbrough will be expecting another win this weekend, with Reading having fallen down the table in recent weeks.