Brighton are planning a summer transfer raid for Middlesbrough youngster Marcus Tavernier.
A report from 90min.com stated that the 21-year-old is on the Seagulls’ radar along with his older brother James, the Glasgow Rangers right-back, and are hopeful of signing both players regardless of the outcome of their ensuing fight against Premier League relegation.
According to 90min.com, Marcus Tavernier is considered one of Middlesbrough’s more lucrative assets as the Teesside club may be forced to consider offers this summer given their parlous financial position.
The 21-year-old has been a regular feature for Jonathan Woodgate’s side in the Championship this season, starting 24 league games and claiming two goals and four assists in 32 appearances in all competitions (as per TransferMarkt).
The youngster’s statistics from 2019/20 mark him out as a well-rounded footballer. He is adept at winning possession, with 2.4 successful tackles per game, and he is also clever when on the ball, averaging 1.4 successful dribbles per match. That ability to take on opponents goes a long way to explaining why he draws 1.6 fouls per game. [via WhoScored]
One of Tavernier’s greatest traits is his ability to adapt to virtually any role on the pitch. He has played in no fewer than eight positions this season, ranging from a defensive midfielder to a right-sided attacker, with left and central midfield his most familiar roles. [via TransferMarkt]
In that respect, he is very similar to another 21-year-old already at Brighton, namely Steven Alzate. The Colombian has adpoted seven different positions so far in 2019/20, most of those in a variety of midfield roles although he has played at right-back more regularly than any other specific position. [via TransferMarkt]
Tavernier’s remarkable versatility should make him an excellent option for Graham Potter to potentially have at the Amex Stadium, irrespective of the division in which they find themselves next season.
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A tough-tackling utility man who is also willing to make things happen with the ball, the 21-year-old is valued at only £1.62m by TransferMarkt. If Middlesbrough desperately need to raise funds this summer, he could be ripe for the picking for Brighton and join Alzate in becoming a Jack-of-all-trades for the Seagulls.
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