A lack of goals has proved a problem for Middlesbrough in the Championship this season, and the club should consider a loan move for Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Eight wins, seven draws and two defeats – that is how Boro have performed in the Championship this season. It has brought them 31 points, which is good enough for second position after 17 matches of the campaign.
Boro have the best defensive record in the second tier by some distance, conceding just eight times in their 17 league games this season.
No team in the top nine has scored fewer league goals than Boro, however, which is quite remarkable when considering their position in the table.
Indeed, Tony Pulis’ side have managed just 19 league goals this term, which is a worse record than Reading and Millwall, who are 20th and 21st respectively.
Boro really need to boost their attack in the January window, and should make an ambitious loan move for Everton ace Calvert-Lewin.
Calvert-Lewin has made 11 Premier League appearances for Everton this season, but has started just four times in the top flight since Marco Silva arrived as head coach.
The 21-year-old really needs first-team football at this stage of his career, and half a season in the Championship would do him the world of good.
Last term, the former Sheffield United youngster scored eight times in all competitions for Everton, and would be an outstanding signing for Boro.
Jordan Hugill, Britt Assombalonga and Rudy Gestede have all had their problems this season, but the January arrival of Calvert-Lewin would give the whole squad the boost it needs to ensure that their promotion bid continues.