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Season 23-24 Reflections and Planning Ahead

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JUST IN: Middlesbrough holding talks with Will Lankshear!

Middlesbrough are keen on signing Tottenham youngster Will Lankshear, although they will face fierce competition to land the striker, Football League World can exclusively reveal. The 19-year-old actually came through the ranks of Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal, but he was released by the Gunners in 2021, with the forward then joining Sheffield United. That was a move that paid off for Lankshear, as he was a standout performer for the Blades’ U23 side, with his goalscoring instincts attracting attention from other clubs. In the end, Spurs would win the race for his signature, as they saw off competition from Brentford to sign the England youth international, in a deal that was thought to be worth up to £2m.

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Posted by: @original-fat-bob

@exmil 

good luck all the guys are rooting for you !

OFB

Spot on, OFB. All the very best to you, Exmil.

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@exmil Good luck mate.


   
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@exmil Stay positive and optimistic, not easy but it will be worth the effort.

Keep us posted, we're all rooting for you.

All the very best,

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@exmil.  All the best Exmil. I have an Urology appointment next week to discuss my BPH and probably another scan.  It’s a pain getting old!  Positive thoughts my friend. 😎


   
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Article in NE seems to pour a bit of cold water on the Lankshear loan deal:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/24383242.middlesbroughs-summer-striker-hope-transfer-stance/
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@k-p-in-spain as a counter to your report, with no disrespect intended:

https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/middlesbrough-in-transfer-talks-with-tottenham-for-will-lankshear/

Come on BORO.


   
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@exmil.  Yes I also saw that, it is the report that OFB referred to yesterday in his post at 3:07.

As always, it’s difficult to know who to believe until you see it on the club website with said player wearing the shirt or signing the contract.

That being said, the NE report is by Dom Shaw who is normally a reliable source but only time will tell.  

Hope things went well for you yesterday. 😎

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I see there are reports linking Boro with  a return of Ryan Giles. He did well when at Boro but towards the end of the season I think teams had sussed him out.

But  he rarely ever scored and will never make a defender. His strength is, as an out and out winger , not blessed with outstanding pace but an ability to cross the ball.

He is not Premiership standard.

Players returning for a second stint at a Club are rarely as successful as the first time.

So, I hope there’s no truth that Boro are serious on getting him  

A much better acquisition is Sorba Thomas here at Huddersfield out of contract for as little as £750,000

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@philip-of-huddersfield Yes I agree, Ryan Giles was found wanting in the Premiership with Luton, 24 appearances (2 each in the FA cup and the EFL cup) 0 goals 0 assists. He then went to Hull in the championship (who were having a decent season) 17 appearances ( subbed off 6 times, on twice) 1 assist 0 goals. At Boro in his best ever season, 48 appearances, 12 assists and 1 goal. To me guys it is a definite no, there is better out there and remember after his best figures ever at Boro he went after the money and fell flat on his face. Hull are obligated to buy him for £4m plus the wage he is on, a very bad gamble by Hull, please please Boro don’t go anywhere near him.

Come on BORO.


   
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So the transfer window opens today, with Boro set to be boosted by the capture of Aidan Morris, who will join Luke Ayling through the door at the Riverside.

Boro will then turn their attention to a striker, with a leading target identified, and a versatile forward player.

Also, the Euro Championships start today. So plenty of football to be interested in.

And finally, all the best to Exmill. I hope your challenge will go nicely and hope to see you back fit at the Riverside  in August. Take care and up the Boro!


   
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@exmil Great news and early. His main position is Left Winger but his other position is Centre-Forward.

Some experience at Huddesfield last season and right age. Born on Nov 7, 1998 (25 year old). And his place of birth is Amsterdam. Welcome to Boro. 

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Oh dear. I’m not impressed by Boro’s signing from Huddersfield.

Hope they didn’t pay good money for him. Not great at Huddersfield last season on loan.  Huddersfield supporters will not be disappointed at him leaving as they would be for some other players. Aged 25 and should be approaching his peak.but what has he achieved so far? Not a lot .

I was hoping for better.

Just hope I’m wrong

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There must be more smoke screens and distraction tactics at work than we could believe, or comprehend. Boro are after this striker and that striker and they sign a new one out of nowhere. We must simply trust their judgement, at least on a percentage basis, as in some will be successful and some will not. Interesting times and some one in the recruitment hierarchy must see potential there. 

Interesting times at the Riverside. Quite exciting in many ways.

ATB, UTB,

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 Just had word from a staunch Huddersfield Town supporter having heard of Boro’s signing.

”Initial control of the ball not good. A greedy player who doesn’t pass the ball to teammates in a better position. “.      No positives I’m afraid.

Hopefully Boro can mould him into a decent player.

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I wasn’t expecting us to sign Cameron Archer or Mo Salah but after all this time looking for a striker, Delano who?

I will try to keep an open mind and see how he performs but he hardly sets my pulse racing.  

Let’s hope that Scott et al have got this right; time will tell. 😎


   
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Well that came out of nowhere. I saw a headline about a second signing and just assumed that it was the American guy who was being announced. Is he a first choice or a squad player? Do we now have Latte Lath, Coburn, Forss and Burgzorg battling for places up front along with others coming through from the Academy or is he cover for McGree on the left along with Aziz and Gilbert?

The recent transfer record has been so positive that we have to give the recruitment team the benefit of the doubt but this would be quite a coup if he turns out to be good. Either way, assuming that Morris is a done deal - and he looks to be a gem - to have three recruits in place this quickly is certainly impressive.

Talking of other rumours, I, like others on here, am uncertain about Giles but mainly because I think that Bangura could turn out to be very good indeed.

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@exmil Great news and early. His main position is Left Winger but his other position is Centre-Forward.

Some experience at Huddesfield last season and right age. Born on Nov 7, 1998 (25 year old). And his place of birth is Amsterdam. Welcome to Boro. 

UP the Boro! 

He is not the out and out striker, I think. Perhaps more a winger on the left side. Cover for McGree  but not a replacement for Latte Lath,  me thinks.

That said, he has some Championship experience having spent last season on loan at Huddersfield Town, where he scored seven goals in 33 appearances.

Up the Boro!

 

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Just looking at Delano Burgzorg online. 25 years old, 26 in November. 6 foot 1 inch tall, RIGHT footed??

Before signing on loan for Huddersfield, he played most of his games (around 100) in the Eredivise

Last season at Huddersfield he played 33 games, started 25, substitute on, 8 times. injured 7 games in a row.  

He played as a CF = 22, LW = 3, RW = 2.  7 goals,  2 assists- 

So where has he been signed to play?  Back up to LL,  wide player. Or a squad player.

Philip, his option to buy fee for Huddersfield is quoted at 1.5 million euros. May be we paid quite a bit less than that.


   
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If Boro have agreed to pay anything approaching £1.5 million then I’m disappointed. For  a fee of this amount I’d prefer a young Premiership forward looking to play championship football who has shown the potential to improve as Rogers did.

Huddersfield had the option to buy him at the end of the season but perhaps his rant/ arguing with the Huddersfield supporters at the end of 2 games made up the owners mind.  The second  occasion he’d missed a sitter to win the game and was promptly taken off,  only to argue with the crowd before being booed.    This is something I don’t like from a player- if substituted , then just walk off and say nothing particularly to your supporters.

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Some talk of Swansea parting with Nathan Wood who was let go by our out of touch then manager Wilder.

Woodie was rated highly by all the coaching staff. This was why the Boro hierarchy inserted a hefty sell on clause into any selling fee that Swansea would obtain.

Apparently Southampton have been enquiring about his availability and hopefully a few could be negotiated and swell the Boro coffers for our own transfers.

I shall take great delight in taking 6 points this season from Mr Wilder and Sheffield United because as a man I think he let the Boro team, players, management and fans down with his actions.

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I have to say that Delano Burgzorg looks very impressive - he appears to have the best tattoos yet of any Boro signing and especially having 'You Succeed' inked prominently on his neck is one that must have sealed the deal - though having scoured his body I've not yet spotted 'Where Others Fail' has been positioned but perhaps there's a tattoo parlour on Teesside ready to step in on that note.

No idea if he'll be a good signing in terms of his footballing ability as I've never heard of him until today but then again that was true of most signing last summer and quite a few turned out to be pretty decent in the end so I'll reserve judgement until they've played a few months for Boro.

Anyway, the window has finally opened and we've moved from reflecting 2023-2024 to the start of building for 2024-25 - maybe time for a new thread...


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I thought that there was now general agreement within the club that quality not quantity was to be the hallmark of this Summer's signings. O' Brien would have fitted the bill, a versatile and proven Championship performer who was integral to the team's improvement over the final run-in. He wanted to stay, Forest need to sell. A favourable deal was there to be done, he surely possessed the quality we will need, but he was shown the door

Instead we have signed two more 'projects'. The first, an inexperienced young American who will not immediately command a place in the first XI. His stats say that he tackles a lot and covers a great deal of ground. His coach warned at the end of last season that he needed to run less and have greater positional and spacial awareness. A case perhaps of seductive stats masking a deficiency in precisely those qualities that Carrick prizes most.

You have to be a Boro scout to look at Huddersfield's attack, say "Nah" to Sorba Thomas and pick out Burgzorg as the man possessing the quality we really need. It reminds me of the time when Pulis was impressed by Millwall's midfield and picked out not Jed Wallace but George Saville as the one worthy of a £6m bid.

We don't need too many additions to the current squad, just an injection of two or three players of proven experience and/or quality. I wish our new signings well and hope they will eventually turn out to be successful, but neither is of the immediate quality that we need.

I wonder who we have lined up who will be.

I await more in hope than expectation.

 


   
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Good to see Sporar playing for Slovenia this evening. 


   
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@lenmasterman.  Good post Len with which I concur; I just hope that at the end of the season we are not questioning if this has been another missed opportunity.

We can but hope that the recruitment team are seeing more ability/quality in the recruits than we can at present. 😎


   
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As Len said, the squad, if we can get them / keep them fit, has a good basis. It is quality that we need to start the season in the first eleven.

Ayling did well, hopefully he can continue in the same vein. Morris hopefully will improve has he gets experience, but he is supposibly costing around 2.5/3 mill. Borgzorg, at probably much less than a million, a back up player across the front.


   
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@lenmasterman 

I don't think that you should under-estimate Morris. At his young age he has played over 100 games in the MLS, made the MLS all-star team and is a US international. Reports from many quarters sound very positive. I could see him playing alongside Howson with Hackney in front of them.

Burgzorg? A bit less certain to me but they must have seen something. 

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Are we really back to questioning our purchases again instead of trusting the recruitment process of Kieran Scott and his team, yes some will turn out to be duds but I bet the same sort of comments were made last summer when we bought Lath and VDB, now people are worried we will sell them.

Come on BORO.


   
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@exmil Yes, let's not see everything so negatively. The lad scored seven goals in 33 appearances at relagated Huddersfield.

And I am excited about the US lad, he is young but very experienced already. Might turn out a perfect replacement for Howson.

Excellent as we got these guys in early. And still money in the bank for a striker/number ten .

Life is good. Up the Boro!



   
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