Middlesbrough, Opinion: Middlesbrough should plot ambitious swoop for Championship star this summer if Zack Steffen move isn’t possible

Opinion: Middlesbrough should plot ambitious swoop for Championship star this summer if Zack Steffen move isn’t possible

Middlesbrough could be in the market for a goalkeeper this summer, with the club’s chances of signing Zack Steffen from Manchester City looking slim.

Steffen has been a standout performer for Middlesbrough in recent weeks. But the on loan goalkeeper looks like he could be returning to parent club Man City in the summer, and reports have suggested that Boro’s chances of making a permanent swoop for the 27-year-old are slim.

Michael Carrick then might have a goalkeeper void to fill in the summer, and there’s plenty of decent options out there. But one shot-stopper who’s caught the eye in the Championship this season is Preston’s Freddie Woodman. The Lilywhites signed him from Newcastle United last summer and he’s since kept 14 clean sheets in 35 league outings for Ryan Lowe’s side.

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Middlesbrough, Opinion: Middlesbrough should plot ambitious swoop for Championship star this summer if Zack Steffen move isn’t possible

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Last week, reports claimed that all of Leicester City, Leeds United, and Rangers were keeping tabs on the Englishman. But for Middlesbrough, who could yet be heading to the Premier League, an ambitious swoop for Woodman would be a smart move if a permanent move for Steffen isn’t possible.

Woodman is a goalkeeper at a good age at 26 years old. He’ll surely be itching to play in the Premier League sooner rather than later and Boro could give him that opportunity, either next season or in the near future. He’d cost a fair whack, but Middlesbrough aren’t afraid to spend, and under Carrick it seems like Middlesbrough are definitely building a team for the future – Woodman would certainly be a solid, long-term addition to the squad.

What’s more is that Woodman is a really well-rounded goalkeeper in that he’s commanding, he can make big saves, and he can play the ball around the back confidently, making him well-suited to the Premier League. This could definitely be a move for Boro to consider in the summer, especially if they secure promotion.

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