Middlesbrough would boost promotion hopes with Origi in attack

Middlesbrough completed the signing of Jordan Hugill from West Ham United on loan last week, but to boost their attack even further, the club should swoop for Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

What’s the word?

The transfer window is closed for English clubs to bring in new permanent signings, but the loan market is open for those in the Football League until August 31.

Tony Pulis boosted his attack with theĀ capture of Hugill, who has failed to shine at West Ham.

In fact, the striker made just three substitute appearances for the East London outfit in the Premier League last season.

Prior to joining the Hammers last January, Hugill had netted 23 league goals for Preston North End across a two-and-a-half season spell.

The striker is seen as a replacement for Patrick Bamford, who left Boro to join Leeds United earlier in the season, but Tony Pulis could do with another attacker.

Is Origi the one?

With a blistering attack of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane at Anfield, there is very little room for Origi to break through.

The striker has been at the Merseyside outfit since 2015, but he has failed to hold down a regular spot in the team.

If the forward does not seek a move abroad, then a loan switch to a Championship club could be a realistic possibility, and Boro should be taking notice.

In 51 Premier League outings, the Belgium international has netted just 12 times, but the majority of those appearances would have been off the bench.

With regular minutes at Boro, he could become a crucial figure at top, but not only for scoring goals, but for providing them.

In England’s top flight, Origi has created five assists for his teammates, but in the Championship he could gain a much better tally and he would be the club’s biggest signing since Victor Valdes in 2016.