Three stars Middlesbrough should be chasing this month

If you were to assess Middlesbrough’s first half of the season you would have to say that they haven’t looked quite as in danger of relegation as expected, but that they have not looked all that comfortable either. Aitor Karanka’s side have failed to put any real distance between themselves and the bottom three and are still looking nervously over their shoulder, but they’ve not been pulled down to the extent Crystal Palace have and have never really been in the lower reaches.

The principle reason for their current league placing is the fact that they have seriously struggled in front of goal. They have the unwanted record of being the joint lowest league scorers and are registering less than one goal-per-game on average.

That problem will hopefully be rectified by the arrival of Rudy Gestede. His signing from Aston Villa will reinforce Boro’s threadbare attack, but if Jordan Rhodes is to leave the club, as expected, they may well have to look at bringing another forward in.

However, it’s not just in attack where Aitor Karanka will look to upgrade his personnel, so let’s now look at THREE players who could be moving to Teesside this January…