Britt Assombalonga happens to be the record signing for Middlesbrough, however, there have been rumours that the player can leave the club after just one season. The rumour mill has heated up ever since there were reports of a bust-up between Tony Pulis and the striker. However, close sources revealed that it’s not too serious.
Though it’s not stopping other teams from making a move for the Congolese striker. West Bromwich Albion seems to be the latest entrant in the transfer race. Leeds United have also been linked with the 25-year-old striker who managed 15 goals in all competitions last term.
The Whites are in desperate need of a striker as they have already lost the services of Pierre Michel Lasogga who went back to join his parent club Hamburg after his loan spell. Last season’s top scorer for the Whites, Kemar Roofe has also been linked with a move away from the club.
West Brom are in the market to sign the striker as they are likely to lose the services of Salomon Rondon who is being linked with a move to Newcastle United. That can set the wheel moving as to replace him, Darren Moore is looking at Assombalonga and in return, Pulis is also looking to sign his former winger Matt Phillips. In all this permutation and combination, the Whites are going to be the big losers as they have been linked with Assombalonga who is more likely to join West Brom in the given scenario.
The Whites have made just two signings in the summer as of now and that too on loan as they secured the likes of Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman. A goalkeeper was also one of the topmost priority for the club and it sure is settled now after the arrival of Blackman. Now its time for Bielsa to look for a strike option who can give him 15-20 goals a season that will bring them much closer to the playoff spot.
Assomabalonga will sure be a decent addition to the squad as in last two seasons, he has scored 29 goals. However, the Whites will probably have to look at other options as West Brom will be ahead in the pecking order than the Whites. They are also likelier to go through to the Premier League so the player will also rather want to play for the Baggies. Maybe it’s time for the Peacocks to go after some realistic targets or blow some big money to get their man instead of just wasting time in the transfer market.