The Middlesbrough fans in the Transfer Tavern are unsure why the club are letting Adam Clayton go! Clayton played a pivotal role in their promotion-winning campaign in 2015/16 and was one of their top performers in the Premier League last term.
But he was frozen out by Garry Monk earlier in the season and has barely played for Boro in the past few weeks. Tony Pulis has recently recalled him to the team but recent reports have emerged suggesting that Clayton’s future does not lie at The Riverside Stadium.
With that in mind, Celtic should definitely chase him. If the Bhoys are interested in Jack Rodwell as reports are suggesting, they would be best advised to ignore that deal and sign Clayton instead. The 29-year-old is a much more accomplished central midfielder than Rodwell nowadays.
Clayton is a no-nonsense type of player who does not do anything spectacular but he goes about his business and tidies things up in the middle of the park. He is able to do the defensive work of the central midfield role very well and he can even help going forward too, driving the Bhoys along.
If Brendan Rodgers is looking for a new central midfielder this January – as his interest in Rodwell seems to indicate – he would be better off trying to poach Clayton from Middlesbrough instead. The former Huddersfield man – rated at just £2.70m on Transfermarkt – is surely likely to be available on the cheap as Pulis looks to generate some funds for his own players.