Silva would add extra quality to Middlesbrough attack

Middlesbrough are considering a late loan swoop for Benfica winger Rafa Silva, according to The Sun (print edition August 26, page 61).

What’s the word?

Boro have not had the most satisfying of transfer windows this summer, but results on the pitch have been the complete opposite.

Tony Pulis’s side are currently second in the Championship, level on points with leaders Leeds United.

Boro have won four of their five league matches and drew the other as they try to compete for Premier League promotion.

With the loan market due to close this Friday, reports have emerged claiming that Pulis is eyeing a replacement for Adama Traore.

The Sun (print edition August 26, page 61) has claimed that the club will try to land Silva from Benfica on a loan with a view to a permanent move.

What would Silva bring?

Losing Traore was a blow for Boro, but if Silva comes through the door at the Riverside Stadium, then the team will have an exciting replacement.

The 25-year-old, who is valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, has versatility in that he can be positioned on either the right or left-hand side of attack.

In some cases Silva has also played as a second striker, which could prove useful as the season ticks by.

The Portugal international has pace and strong technical ability, but he has never played in England before.

It could take some time for Silva to adapt to the Championship, but if a loan arrangement with an option to buy can be agreed, then Boro could potentially be landing themselves an exciting talent.