Tony Pulis must end goal struggles with Solanke loan in January

Middlesbrough may be in the hunt for promotion back to the Premier League, but goals have been hard to come by for Tony Pulis’ men – who should therefore target Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke in January.

What’s the word?

Solanke has struggled for minutes at Liverpool this season, having only featured in the club’s pre-season fixtures after choosing to stick it out in the summer when the 21-year-old had options to leave Anfield on loan.

Clubs from around Europe were turned away in their approach of the ex-Chelsea youth player, with Lyon, Rangers, Huddersfield and Aston Villa all reportedly believed to be chasing the Merseyside club’s striker, as per the London Evening Standard, during the summer.

The one-time England striker may now be regretting his decision to attempt forcing a way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans having sat out every minute of the Reds’ 20 games in all competitions.

A resurgent Daniel Sturridge, who has featured in seven games following a return from injury, and the ever-present inclusion of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino certainly has counted against the striker who netted a single goal in all competitions for Liverpool last season.

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Middlesbrough missed out before

Amongst those who displayed interest in the summer, the London Evening Standard also reported that Middlesbrough saw an approach of a season-long loan rejected but the club should not be deterred from a second inquiry.

So far this season, Boro sit in third place, just two points behind Championship leaders Sheffield United, but in 15 games have only found the net 17 times and not all of those have been thanks to their own players.

With Solanke unlikely to feature in many, if any, games for Liverpool, Pulis should look at another move in January as it would benefit both parties.

The forward would be able to rebuild momentum in a career that could otherwise stagnate, with the possibility of then forging a path into Klopp’s side.

Middlesbrough meanwhile would be adding another forward to the ranks and someone who should be goal-hungry – the current Riverside options have at best scored five (Britt Assombalonga) and three (Martin Braithwaite) goals each.

What the move would add to the northeast club’s attack is a 6 foot 2 striker who likes to play with the ball at his feet and is potent on the counter attack.