So far, so good!
Following a disappointing campaign in the Premier League, positive words from Steve Gibson in an exclusive interview with BBC Tees promised fans he would be making sure the same mistakes weren’t made again this time around. And how he has delivered.
Boro are by far and away the top spenders in the Championship and have smashed their own club record transfer-fee in the process.
The main issue last season was undeniably the failure to put the ball in the back of the net.
Having already acquired Gestede and Bamford during the January window in the Premier League campaign – two very good strikers at this level – despite such acquisitions, Boro still went out and addressed their failure to score goals, adding fire power up-top in Britt Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite.
However, Boro have also had a successful window in-terms of moving players out of the club – recouping a large sum of the money spent in the process of making them the league’s big spenders.
Victor Fischer, who was rarely given a chance on Teesside, was one of the first out-of-the door following Monk’s arrival at the club – the former Ajax forward was sold to German Bundesliga outfit, FSV Mainz.
Boro also managed to ship-out the frustrating Antonio Barragan on loan to Real Betis; while also collecting decent sums of money for Bernardo Espinosa and Christhian Stuani who both joined Betis’ fellow La Liga side, Girona.
I leave this memory !!! pic.twitter.com/X6T4NsHjpF
— Cristhian Stuani (@CristhianStuani) July 21, 2017
It was a case of will he or won’t he(?) for Gaston Ramirez. But the inevitable finally happened when Boro received a bid worthy of accepting from Serie A side, Fiorentina. Despite obvious quality shown during Boro’s promotion campaign, the Premier League season was scarred with off the field troubles. Good riddance was the general consensus amongst the Boro faithful.
Marten De Roon also moved back to Atalanta for a fee greater than the one he originally joined for during the previous summer, arguably Boro’s best bit of business during the transfer window – so far.
But is there still a more to do both in and out of the club?
Traore? Gibson? Jota? Shotton? Flint? Gestede? and whatever else comes our way!
This week’s ‘Q of the Week’ was put to the Boro fans.
What would be the ideal end to the transfer window for Boro?
For me, the icing on the cake would have to be two more signings, Jota and Aiden Flint. The Spanish Attacking Midfielder offers that final bit of creativity Boro have been crying out for and Flint would complete a formidable set piece quartet with Gibson, Ayala and Fry all dangerous in the air from corners and freekicks.
A summer overhaul was required and has certainly been delivered. All eyes point towards Jota, who would be a perfect signing though can he be swayed away from his immediate desires for a Premier League move? Traore is showing indications of improvement with each game, I really hope he stays. Most of all, i’m desperate to see Ben Gibson stay and lead us to promotion alongside the emerging Dael Fry
Not losing Gibson as I can’t see a solution for how we would suitably replace him. While it would be great to add an extra defender and perhaps a number 10 we already have the best squad in the league and there becomes a time where we have to work with what we’ve got on the training ground rather than continually throwing money at the problem.
An ideal end of the window for me would be a battle hardened centre half, a creative attacking midfielder and NO sales! Everyone says we need width but weve got Traore, its guile I think we need.
Boro’s transfer dealings during the summer window have been nothing short of brilliant, both on the incoming and outgoing side of things. In fact, despite it being one of the best Transfer Window’s for some time on the recruitment side of things, the outgoings deals have been equally as impressive. A net spend of less that £10m, helped in no small part by profits made from the sales of Gaston Ramirez, Bernardo and Marten De Roon, has shown the clubs negotiating stance is in better shape than it ever has been – hats off to the powers that be. But has the club got one last masterstroke left in it before the window slams shut? If Ben Gibson is persuaded to stay, rejecting the alluring advances of Premier League clubs as well as putting aside personal disappointment following his England squad omission, then to my mind that’d be the best piece of business the club has conducted all summer. If he’s leading us out against Bolton at The Macron on 9th September then I know the Window will have ended in the best way possible.
I will probably get slated here, but I think selling Traore for a profit would be right for the club. With that I’d like to see a good number 10 and at least one more winger come in. Our lack of width is an issue currently but I don’t believe Traore is the answer. There are better options out there for lower wages such as Nathan Dyer and Pablo Hernandez
Every Boro fan would say that Ben Gibson still being a Boro player is their biggest wish. Downing to move on and take his £60k a week with him, but Traore to stay. Jota, another centre back and a left sided midfielder. An assistant manager for Monk and an update confirming that Agnew isn’t at the bottom of the Tees!
I believe it going to an eventful week for Boro, as I still expect a few outgoings and incomings to happen. Adlene Guedioura most probably leaving, with of course the speculation around Ben Gibson only hotting up. My heart wants to keep Gibson most likely like every other Boro fan, but I just seem to think there’s a big possibility he will leave. Meanwhile, Stewart Downing is looking likely he will stay, which is only a positive in my eyes. Sure, he isn’t going to get much game time, but has experience which some of the younger players lack. Incomings, I’d like to see us bring in another centre back which does seem to be what Monk has identified as a position which needs adding to. However, I believe the defender will most likely be signed as a starter, so wouldn’t be surprised to see us spend £5 million +. Ayala is very injury prone, whilst Fry is lacking experience. I also think we will sign an attack minded player, Jota has been linked with the club in the past few days, and believe this will get wrapped up early next week, most probably for Brentford’s asking price of £8 million, which would be a bargain for a player of his calibre in this market.
The ideal end to the window for Boro, for me personally would be to keep Ben Gibson. Wether we turn down £35 million for him or not, as long as he is a Middlesbrough players come the 1st September. The window has been a complete success. Incomings wise, I think all Boro fans would agree Jota would be the cherry on the top of a very successful window – both financially and in terms of the quality of incomings. Jota seems the ideal replacement for Gaston and if we could get that over the line as well as possibly another centre half, I think you could argue it’s been one of the most successful transfer windows in years.
Gibson – stay. Jota – coming. That’s it!
The ideal end to the window would be keeping hold of Gibson and generally all the players we have but adding one more centre back and an attacking midfielder (Jota). Probably a dream end to the window for me
For me it would be getting the extra cover at the back. That’s the priority for me. It would be nice if we could bring in an extra attacking player, like Jota, however I feel like we need that extra defensive cover first
Everyone stays (even Downing). A central defender in and maybe another fullback would be good too. I’d love us to get Jota or another winger, but if we don’t get one in it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I’d personally like a replacement for Gaston, a proper creative No.10, but the way Monk’s playing again it’s not a major disappointment, as we have Baker or Braithwaite who can play there if needed. But overall if there’s no ins or outs I wouldn’t be too concerned, the main thing is to not lose any of our first team players. In my opinion our squad as it is should be enough to get out of this league.
Many may disagree, but I would let Gestede go if we can get £6m for him. His form has been overhyped and his style doesn’t really fit the system Monk is trying to play. Definitely push the boat out to get Jota in. That should be a priority along with Flint. Fry’s form has been encouraging, but he is not ready for a full season in the Championship and Ayala is struggling to recapture his 14/15 form. If we can sign those two without any outgoings, that would be ideal
The ideal end for me is to end up with Jota & Flint, with no more outgoings unless it’s people outside the squad. Financials I will leave for SG I’m v happy so far just need a CB & AM to replace Gaston I was worried by Gibbo but now I’m over the moon real squad potential
Ideal end for me would be getting another CB in, it’s looking like shotton but failing that someone like Aden Flint maybe & if possible a bit more creativity going forward, hopefully Jota
Would love us to sign a Tommy Kalas style CB/RB to provide us a bit more depth as he did so well for 2 seasons.. Jota would be a great replacement for Ramirez and we’ll need another winger if Traore goes. As far as outgoings are concerned – if we keep Ben Gibson i’ll be more than chuffed.
Have to keep Ben Gibson, we already another back up centre half so we can’t lose the best in the league and we have to make this Jota transfer even if it costs up to £10m he will be missing link in our midfield from defence to attack and will get get a few goals him self