We all know a new striker is priority.

Midddlesbrough FC continue to hound Leeds Utd striker Ross McCormack, by all accounts four bids have gone in and all four have been rejected.

With the deadline approaching its becoming a major concern that we could miss out on our main target. We as Boro fans can only hope that we have a plan B. McCormack has made it quite clear, that he is content staying at Elland Road. He did follow it up by saying “If there is an issue with the club and they need me to move on for money, sometimes in life, you do things you don’t want to do.”
If the truth be known, if he doesn’t want to leave Leeds, he can stay put, he is in total control of his own destiny, he has the ball at his feet and he can kick it in whichever direction he wants. Lets hope he hoofs it towards Teesside.
Obviously if he refuses to move on the club could use every trick in the book to unsettle him, he could end up in the reserves and be isolated from training with the first team and messed about.

The situation obviously favours neither party and both could loose out financially and the situation could cause unrest. But from Boro’s point of view, it’s of paramount importance that we add that elusive striker to our squad.
Lucas Jutkiewicz has started the season brightly and has chipped in with a couple of goals. Emnes continues to frustrate and Curtis Main looks promising but still inexperienced. If we want to reach our destiny, we cannot afford to gamble, we have done that in the past and failed, we all know gambling is for losers, it is inevitable that we will pick up injuries, suspensions and loss of form, during the course of the season and it is vitally important we have the squad to compete and sustain over the campaign.

You don’t have to be a footballing connoisseur to know that we need a striker or two, we can only hope that our club succeeds if we fail I can see it being a long winter. I personally would like to see a permanent signing arriving as over Tony Mowbray’s reign we have borrowed umpteen players and in my opinion none of them have been a success and to back up my judgement we haven’t signed any of them.

Our starting eleven playing away from home looks convincing but I’m not sure the shape and clientele will succeed at The Riverside, we need to be more adventurous and creative and play with two up top as it stands at this minute we do not have a recognised partnership, that works in tandem we need a twosome that complements each other, that work and hunt as a pair, communicate and grabs their fair share of goals. I’m afraid we haven’t had that luxury for quite some time.

As I write this article Tony Mowbray believes Boro are pretty close to making a signing or two, the bids on the table for Norwich pair Dani Ayla and Luciano Becchio and obviously McCormack.

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