Middlesborough fans surely would love Steve Gibson to invest in a proven Championship goalscorer with potential, wouldn’t you? Boro have been without a frontman who can consistently net goals throughout the season in recent years and there is one man who fits the bill perfectly.
Boro may have got back to winning ways in recent weeks, however, the turnaround in form may be too late and the six consecutive losses in the Championship over March and April may prove costly in their play-off hopes.
There is one pressing matter that has popped up at different stages this season and that is the need for a consistent goalscorer in the division who could help take them to the next level.
Although the topic may not seem too necessary given that Britt Assombalonga has scored the winner in three of the past four games, it was not long ago that he went nearly two months without scoring so there is a clear lack of regularity in terms of his goalscoring output. Tony Pulis’ alternative options to partner Ashley Fletcher are Jordan Hugill, who has not been so clinical in front of goal having not scored since January and Rudy Gestede, who is yet to score in eight appearances this season, so strength in depth is clearly needed.
To play just ahead Fletcher, a striker who would be labelled as a ‘typical Pulis forward’ is not necessary. For starters, Pulis may not even be at the helm next campaign if he cannot secure at least a play-off spot, and even if he is, strikers such as Assombalonga have proven they can work, it is just that he cannot offer the consistency required to take the side to the next level.
The main who can do so, though, is Neal Maupay. The former French under-21 international joined Brentford from Saint-Etienne in 2017 for £1.6m, as per SkySports, and had a relatively solid opening campaign with the Bees. He did net 13 times and provide five assists, but he could not be counted on in front of goal consistently, which was understandable for his age as he was just 21.
However, this year, Maupay’s movement and clinical nature have been on display in all of its glory. The 22-year-old has scored 27 times and helped out with nine assists across the campaign which may have only helped Brentford to a mid-table finish, but it is the sort of tally that Boro could have done with to bolster play-off hopes.
If the Boro wing-backs could look to play low balls in-and-around the box, with the midfielders both threading Maupay (who was linked with the Riverside by the Mirror earlier this month) through on goal and playing it to his feet so he can run at the opposing backline, the addition could work a treat. Given his current quality and the potential he has, he could be exactly what Boro need to truly challenge for promotion and beyond.
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