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Middlesbrough Targeting This 26 Year Old English Forward: Should Monk Go For It?

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Abhishek Majumdar
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Middlesbrough have started their comeback season in the second tier, having been relegated from the top flight in the last term, on a mixed note. Out of their first five encounters, they have won two, drawn one and lost two of the matches and are looking forward to getting some positive results under their belt in the forthcoming matches.

The man in charge at Boro, Gary Monk, is looking forward to adding to his side’s strike force in the new term and is willing to get some fresh blood into the side. Among a number of players who have been linked with Middlesbrough this summer, the English tactician is willing to bring in Marvin Johnson, the striker who is currently playing for the League One club Oxford United.

The 26-year-old has been one of the mainstays in the attack for his team since his arrival at Oxford United in the last term, the player arriving at the outfit right on the deadline day. However, it seems that the player might not be looking to continue his career with the League One club, with the Championship outfit coming in for him.

Middlesbrough lost their mainstay in the attack in the form of Alvaro Negredo, who scored a number of goals for them during his stay on season long loan from the Spanish la Liga club Valencia. Now that the striker has gone back to Spain, it is becoming increasingly problematic for Boro to get a good replacement for him, who can spearhead the attack in the forthcoming matches of the season.

Now with a player like Marvin Johnson on their target list, Middlesbrough are trying their level best to get the English international in their team from Oxford United and are looking forward to strengthening their strike force in order to achieve substantial results in their next matches throughout the season. Under the tutelage of Gary Monk, Boro will be looking to make it into the top six of the Championship league table, so that they can be eligible to compete for a chance to head back into the top flight for the next term.

Known for his immense physicality, the English striker is a force to reckon with when it comes to aerial duels and is capable of scoring crucial goals with his head. The player is also known for his brisk pace that helps him get into the heart of the opposition defence and score goals from distance as well as close range with his powerful shots, making him the perfect player to fit the bill for Boro in the new season.

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