According to a recent report from The Sun, Middlesbrough are closing in on the signing of winger Rajiv van la Parra. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League side Huddersfield Town and has done so since 2016, in which time the former Netherlands youth international helped David Wagner’s men win promotion to the top-flight, and indeed stay there by avoiding relegation last time round.
Yet it appears that the £3.6 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) is on his way to join Tony Pulis’ Boro, and were the winger to indeed make the move to the Riverside Stadium, it would have Middlesbrough fans forgetting about a failed move for Yannick Bolasie in no time at all.
Ultimately, it looked for all the world that 29-year-old Bolasie was on his way to Teesside to link up with manager Pulis once again having done so at Crystal Palace, which would have undoubtedly been a fine addition given just how good the winger can be when at his best.
The DR Congo international has the ability to terrorise defenders and create several goal-scoring opportunities, yet it appears that Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa will be the biggest beneficiaries of that given they are reportedly on the verge of sealing a deal for the winger.
And while this is sure to come as a blow to manager Pulis and indeed the club’s supporters, they would soon forget about Bolasie were they to lure the more consistent and less injury-prone van la Parra to the North East.
The 27-year-old has vast amounts of Championship experience to call upon having played over 100 games at second tier level for Wolves, Brighton, and indeed Huddersfield during his career, playing a vital part in the latter’s incredible rise to the top-flight in the 2016/17 campaign.
And while his return of five goals and 16 assists in those Championship matches are far from ground-breaking, the Dutchman offers a great deal down the flanks to suggest that he could be an asset to Pulis’ side, be it pace and dynamism in attack, or indeed his work-rate off the ball.
In fact, the 27-year-old featured in all but five of Huddersfield’s Premier League matches last term to underline the faith and trust placed in him by manager Wagner, as although he only netted three times and failed to register an assist during that time, he clearly offers a great deal to the side.
And that is exactly the sort of addition which could prove to be a huge asset to Pulis and his Middlesbrough team going forward, while van la Parra’s know-how in helping Huddersfield win promotion can only be beneficial for the North East outfit as they seek a return to the Premier League.
Yes, missing out on Bolasie is sure to frustrate some Boro fans, but they would soon forget about the 29-year-old were their side to seal a deal for Huddersfield’s van la Parra.
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