It has been a roller-coaster of a season to be a Middlesbrough supporter, hasn’t it?
Having looked certain to finish in the play-off positions at the turn of the year, a shocking run of six defeats in a row resulted in them falling out of contention earlier this month. However, three wins in their last four games has given Tony Pulis’ side a strong chance of extending their season past the 46-game mark in May.
Although the Smoggies boast the joint-best defensive record in the Championship alongside Sheffield United, their struggles this year have been directly linked with a lack of attacking prowess.
With the likes of Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher and Rudy Gestede all struggling for form in-front of goal, it would be surprising if the club do not bring in a new forward when the transfer window opens in July.
Having previously been linked with a move for Genk forward Mbwana Samatta earlier on this season (via the Daily Mirror), Pulis should consider re-igniting his interest in the summer.
The 26-year-old has fired in a remarkable total of 31 goals in all competitions for the Belgian side this year and would be a considerable upgrade on Boro’s current options. Rated at £8.1m according to Transfermarkt, it may be worth splashing the cash to convince him to make the move to the Riverside Stadium.
Any possible deal for Samatta may, however, depend on the outcome of the Smoggies’ current campaign.
Whereas promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs would make the club a much more desirable destination for the forward, another season in the second tier of English football may not be enough to convince him to join.
What do you think Boro fans? Should Pulis go all-out to try and sign Samatta in the summer? Or is too much of a risk to sign a player who has no previous experience of playing in English football? Get in touch below.
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