According to a recent report from The Birmingham Mail, Middlesbrough have failed in their attempt to sign Hal Robson-Kanu. The 29-year-old currently plays his football at fellow Championship side West Brom and has done so since 2016, in which time the attacker has scored seven goals in 60 appearances for the Baggies, but ultimately wasn’t able to inspire them to Premier League safety last term.
And it appears that former boss Tony Pulis wants to reunite with the forward at the Riverside Stadium, but failing with a move for the attacker could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the North East outfit.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old appears to be down the pecking order at the Hawthorns in starting just one of their five Championship matches so far this season, albeit he has twice come off the bench to net for Darren Moore’s side in wins over Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers.
But with Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez seemingly ahead of the Welshman in the striking pecking order, it looks like this season will be another testing one for Robson-Kanu in his pursuit of regular first team football.
Yet while it’s clear that Boro chief Pulis wants further additions to his squad before the close of the loan window later on today, the arrival of the attacker will do little to bolster the quality of his squad ahead of their promotion push in the Championship.
Other than his magnificent goal for Wales in their 3-1 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, the 29-year-old really hasn’t produced the goods on a consistent enough basis at club level to suggest that he is someone that can hugely benefit the Teessiders this term.
The attacker has struggled for regular football at the Hawthorns since moving there back in 2016, starting on just 17 occasions for the Midlands outfit, while he only managed 30 goals and 26 assists in 228 appearances for Reading earlier in his career – there’s a reason he was without club heading into the European Championships two years ago.
Thus, given they are a side harbouring ambitions of winning promotion back to the Premier League, Middlesbrough should be setting their sights higher than the former Wales international, which is why this recent setback in having their bid rejected may actually turn out to be a blessing for Pulis’ men.
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