In a bid to bounce straight back to the top flight of English football Middelsborough have been keeping busy during the summer break with their transfer business.
Argubly the biggest deal so far coming from the Riverside is the signature of Britt Assombalonga from league rivals Nottingham Forest, following the departure of Jordan Rhodes earlier on in the window. Now we look to see whether Middelsborough will live to regret letting their record signing leave to Sheffield Wednesday, or if Assombalonga is theright man to take them back to the Premier League.
Rhodes (above) struggled to find form in the premier league
Sheffield Wednesday agreed the deal with Middelsborough back in the January window to sign Jordan Rhodes permanently should his loan spell be successful, with the fee at around £10 million. The fee shouldn’t upset too many boro fans as it is around the same fee they bought him for at Blackburn Rovers, and after a poor run of form and struggling to make the starting eleven there’s no surprise as to why no profit was made.
Assombalonga arrives at the northern side a record signing for a fee of £14 million, despite spending some of last season on the sidelines with an injury which may worry some fans.
Assombalonga is also 3 years younger then the scottish striker, and at just 24 years of age there is certainly still plenty of time to improve as a forward, an exciting thought given his already impressive goalscoring record.
Despite an unfortunate injury Assomablonga still ended his campaign impressively with 14 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions, the most recent being a brace against Ipswich Town in his final appearance for Forest. Rhodes however had a pretty dismal season in front of goal managing just 3 goals in 21 appearances for Wednesday, giving Assombalonga a much higher goal to game ratio.
Following Boro’s relegation and Wednesday’s play off misery, both sides will be targeting promotion this season, and these two forwards will certainly be looking to help their sides achieve this goal.
So let us know who you think was the better signing between these two strikers by commenting below or getting in touch via our twitter @EflChampBlog.