Middlesbrough have certainly impressed under the guidance of Tony Pulis in the current campaign, but there still seems to be a couple of things missing.
Boro currently find themselves sitting in the play-off places having enjoyed a positive run of form recently, but the January transfer window could still involve a large twist.
Indeed, the Championship club have gotten the best out of George Friend over the years at the Riverside Stadium, but he hasn’t really gone on to establish himself as a club legend just yet.
But, Boro managed to secure one of their best ever signings back in 1997 as Mark Schwarzer from Bradford City.
The goalkeeper went on to establish himself as arguably one of the club’s best ever shot-stoppers, as he made a staggering 445 appearances for the club across his 11-year stint. He played a vital part in their success, but his highlight has to be a penalty save against Robbie Fowler of Man City on the last day of the 2004/05 season. Had he not saved that penalty, Boro would not have qualified for the UEFA Cup.
However, the Championship club may be about to show a large amount of ambition if they decide to raid their rivals, as they’ve been linked (as per the Shields Gazette) with a move for Sunderland’s Josh Maja in the past.
Interestingly, the forward rejected a new contract offer at Sunderland, so he looks set to depart this month.
Steve Gibson could show a lot of ambition by launching a bid for the striker as Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur are just two teams who have been linked with a move, with his massive potential helping build the hype around his future.
The youngster may not be a top-tier player at this moment in time, but he has all the ingredients to become one of the best attackers in English football and he has already established himself as one of the hottest topics this season, with an impressive 15 goals to his name. And, with Britt Assombalonga struggling to produce on a consistent basis, he could definitely help Middlesbrough’s current promotion push in a huge way.
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