Middlesbrough are willing to listen to offers for Chuba Akpom this summer, Neil Warnock has confirmed.
Akpom only signed for Middlesbrough back in 2020, having previously been on the books of Greek side PAOK earlier in his career.
But his spell at the Riverside hasn’t gone as well as he would have hoped for, with the 25-year-old scoring just five goals in 39 appearances for Neil Warnock’s side.
Boro are light on options in attack heading into the 2021/22 Championship season, with both Akpom and Uche Ikpeazu being the only recognised senior options for the first-team at this moment in time, after Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga departed at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Warnock has recently revealed that Middlesbrough are willing to listen to offers for Akpom though, but only if their valuation of the forward is met.
“I think everybody knows if the right offer comes in, we’d consider that but at the same time, we are still looking at other forwards.”
Akpom’s statistics don’t make for the best of reading from last year’s campaign, as Boro finished tenth in the Championship table under Warnock’s management.
The 25-year-old had an average Whoscored rating of 6.42, and chipped in with just five goals in total for the second-tier side, who would have hoped to have challenged for promotion into the Premier League last term, although an inconsistent run of results saw them miss out on a top-six finish. That Whoscored rating put Akpom 19th on the list in terms of ranking the Middlesbrough squad, which doesn’t make for the best of reading.
Akpom averaged 1.1 shots per game, but only mustered an average of 0.3 dribbles per game. Whereas Duncan Watmore was deployed as a makeshift forward during the second half of the 2020/21 season and had an average of 0.9 shots per game, whilst averaging 0.8 dribbles per game.
However, Watmore took the chances that fell his way, with the former Sunderland winger scoring nine goals for Boro last term, as they finished tenth in the second-tier standings.
Warnock has previously criticised Akpom after his performance earlier in the 2020/21 season, and labelled him as ‘very poor’.
“I’m hoping things calm down for him in the next couple of weeks and he can still contribute. He’s got everything in his locker.
“We speak a lot about inconsistencies and that isn’t limited to Chuba that’s right through the squad.
“But the last time he came on before Saturday, I thought he was really poor. The inconsistency around the team is what bugs me more than anything.”
It’s the right call to consider offers for Akpom this summer, but you can understand Warnock’s thinking behind only letting him depart if their valuation is matched, as they don’t have a considerable amount of options in attack ahead of the new Championship season.
Boro are set to take on Fulham in their opening match of the new campaign, in what is certain to be a tricky test up against Marco Silva’s side at Craven Cottage. Time will tell if Akpom is part of the squad. Boro will be hoping he’s not, as that should mean that another club has met his valuation.