Middlesbrough have made it no secret that they are looking to recruit attackers this January.
This has long been a concern for manager Tony Pulis, as the club have looked solid defensively, but failed to impress in the final third of the pitch. This is clear when looking at the Championship table, with Boro having the most solid defence (conceding four fewer goals than the next best team), but with only four teams scoring fewer than them this season. For a team that are in the top four, that is a shocking statistic, and one that must be remedied.
While some people will argue that it is the style that Pulis adopts, rather than the personnel at the club, there are certainly some players that are not up to scratch at The Riverside, and one of them is Rudy Gestede. While it is unfair to judge the Benin international this season, as he has been plagued by injuries, his form last season was enough to show that he is not good enough for a team chasing promotion.
If he was fit, Gestede’s inefficiencies may have been more prominent this season had forwards Britt Assombalonga and Jordan Hugill not appeared to be in good form. The former made a great start to the season, while the latter is coming into good form now.
While Hugill isn’t a permanent deal in the northeast yet, the club should still look to unload of Gestede in January, and look to use the money to recruit a player that brings a bit more dynamism and attacking potency. If Boro want to be promoted, this looks like a necessity.