When Middlesbrough announced the signing of Martin Braithwaite in 2017, their supporters had every right to be excited given his previous escapades with Toulouse.
During his time with Les Violets, the forward almost single-handedly kept them in Ligue 1 by reaching double figures for goals in consecutive seasons.
Therefore, when he arrived at the Riverside Stadium, expectations were understandably high.
Although Braithwaite failed to score in his first two appearances for the Smoggies, he eventually opened his account by firing home against Brentford before adding another just two weeks later in a 2-2 draw against Barnsley.
Yet despite making a good start to his career in North Yorkshire, then-boss Garry Monk’s insistence of playing the 27-year-old out of position severely hampered his development and therefore it was not at all surprising when he left the club on loan in January 2018 to join Bordeaux for the remainder of the campaign.
Whilst back in France, Braithwaite enjoyed a fruitful spell in which he scored four goals and provided three assists for Les Girondins as they finished sixth in Ligue 1.
After being linked with a permanent move away from the Smoggies last summer, Tony Pulis eventually convinced him to give the Championship another shot.
Having begun the 2018/19 campaign in brilliant fashion by scoring in three of Boro’s opening four fixtures, it looked as if Braithwaite was about to take the second tier by storm.
However, this, unfortunately, wasn’t the case as after going 13 games without a goal, the £7.2m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) was shipped out on loan five months ago to Leganes.
Although it is fair to say that he hasn’t pulled up any trees whilst playing in La Liga, it is looking increasingly likely that Braithwaite’s two-year spell with Boro will be coming to an end when the transfer window opens.
“The project I was presented with in Middlesbrough changed completely when Pulis arrived. He has a strange way of playing football.
“The team plays defensively with long balls. It doesn’t look good for me.”
With the clearly forward pining for a move away, it may be beneficial for both parties to let him leave.
Whereas the Smoggies would receive some much-needed funds to make some alterations to their squad in the summer, Braithwaite will receive the chance to start afresh at a new club.
What do you think Boro fans? Should your club cut ties with Braithwaite in the summer? Or is worth giving him one final opportunity to impress next season? Let us know below.
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