Should This Spanish Attacker Be The Top Priority For Middlesbrough This Summer?

January transfer Window has started the media is in full swing again and so are the Premier League clubs who are seeking additions to achieve their primary targets which were set in the summer.

Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough sit three points clear of the relegation zone at 16th, still very much in risk of getting relegated as Aitor is playing his own brand of football with Middlesbrough which can otherwise be called as a “Smash and Grab“ style as well. While Alvaro Negredo, Gaston Ramirez and recent arrival Rudy Gestede will play a part in the attack, they have their own agile players in Adama Traore and De Roon.

A boost in the attacking sector is still needed, someone who could link the midfield to the attack, exploit free space and be courageous enough to march down and in a bid to add someone who can do that, the club has been linked with Jesé Rodriguez.

Aitor Karanka worked as an assistant of Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese manager was at Real Madrid and Jose played a crucial part in bringing in Jesé and the attacking player did establish himself as a key player until a horrible knee injury halted his development. The Spaniard signed for Paris St. Germain in the summer and has struggled to make an impact, scoring just twice.

Manager Unai Emery admitted in his recent press conference that Jesé Rodriguez has worked hard enough but he still isn’t ready to get into the PSG first eleven on a regular basis and he might as well be allowed to leave in the winter break to get game time and meet his expectations as a footballer.

Jesé injects pace into the team and brings his sublime dribbling ability and work rate is what Karanka would demand at Middlesbrough.  The Teesside club have been slated on a regular basis for the lack of adventure going forward and I can think of no youngster but Jesé at the moment who can add more punch to their attack.

In nearly 50 appearances for Real Madrid, Jesé netted 13 times and created over 50 key passes and his average passing accuracy has never dropped below 80% which is really a factor that would lure Middlesbrough considering that they need more quality in the attacking sector.

Secondly, his ability of taking on defenders and beating them reaped rewards last year with take-on ability tilting towards the positive mark and hovering in the region of 53%. This season even though he’s largely been disappointing, a change of scenario would do well.

A lot of elements of Jese’s style and familiarity with Karanka can make the difference for Middlesbrough and if they seriously need a push to be safe from relegation, Jesé is the man they must try to bring in if they can!

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