It has been a dramatic couple of weeks to be a Middlesbrough supporter, hasn’t it?
After missing out on a play-off spot on the final day of the season to Derby County, the Smoggies were consigned to yet another year in the Championship.
With Tony Pulis mainly to blame for the club’s failures during the 2018/19 campaign, it was hardly surprising when he decided not to extend his stay at the Riverside Stadium on Friday.
Although chairman Steve Gibson is now on the lookout for a new manager, regardless of who he brings in, it is clear that Boro should go all-out this summer to bring in one of the most exciting young talents in Belgium.
According to Football League World last week, the Smoggies are reportedly one of a number of clubs who are thought to be interested in signing Genk forward Mbwana Samatta.
A lethal finisher, the 26-year-old helped De Smurfen secure the Jupiler League title by firing in an impressive total of 23 league goals.
With Samatta’s pace and power seemingly making him the perfect fit for the Championship, the Tanzanian could be the answer to Boro’s attacking woes.
Having been over-reliant on Britt Assombalonga to deliver the goods over the past two years, by bringing in the £8.1m-rated forward (via Transfermarkt), there is no reason why the Smoggies cannot launch a sustained push for promotion to the Premier League next season.
However, with Cardiff City also keeping tabs on Samatta, Boro may have to act quickly if they are to avoid a bidding war this summer.
What do you think Smoggies fans? Should your club splash the clash to sign Samatta when the transfer window opens in July? Or is there another forward you would like to see Boro swoop for this summer? Let us know below.
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