According to The BBC, Middlesbrough have signed Southampton defender Sam McQueen on a season long loan deal.
The 23-year-old only made a handful of appearances for The Saints last season in the Premier League, behind Ryan Bertrand in Mark Hughes’ ranks. Moving down to promotion hopefuls will be a great move to get some game time.
This is a brilliant signing, as this is a player that can play both at left-back and as a winger. This is a perfect answer to any injuries or problems that may occur throughout the season.
Many fans expect McQueen (valued at £900k on Transfermarkt.co.uk) to usurp current left-back George Friend as the season progresses, but what most fans were surprised by was how The Boro managed to keep this deal quiet. Whilst rumours about other players have swirled over the last few days, this one crept under the radar.
Southampton fans have also taken to Twitter to congratulate Middlesbrough on the good signing.
This is what the fans had to say:
good player, definitely a good addition to the squad and in an area that needs strengthening
— Daniel (@tiernagekicks) August 30, 2018
Welcome aboard dude. every match and the fans will love you. Selfie with a parmo and the girls will be all over yeh. UTfB
— elad05 (@elad0509) August 30, 2018
— syd belton (@sydbeIton) August 30, 2018
Get in! Missed this earlier. Good signing this. Very good cover for LB & LW. Plus I can see him making the LWB spot his own later on
— Seth Rollins BAY BAY (@SethTrollinsGHC) August 30, 2018
Top wing-back. More than held his own for Saints when filling in for Bertrand in the PL. Will be comfortable in the Championship. Loves to get forward.
— Daniel Lees (@DanLees_) August 30, 2018
— Mark Knott (@ropey1962) August 30, 2018
Happy with this one solid cover at left back
— Danny Connor Graham (@Doy9509) August 30, 2018
From a saints perspective, you have got yourself an absolute gem. He’s a very positive full back who can defend very well as well. I’m sure he’ll be a key player for you. Bit disappointed he hasn’t got a first team start in a while but sam this is your chance to shine. Good luck
— Kieran Matthews (@KieranM04639989) August 30, 2018