Middlesbrough look to be closing in on a deal for Charlton captain Nicky Bailey. The 26-year-old midfielder is set to join Boro for a fee of £1.4m and manager Gordon Strachan will be hoping that can help fire his team back into the Premiership.
Bailey will be arriving at the club off the back of a dejecting season for Charlton as his last kick in an Addicks’ shirt was the team’s one and only missed penalty in the play-off semi-final against Swindon, which ultimately decided the tie. Aside from that he had a good season for Charlton from a personal point of view scoring 13 goals from midfield, which brings his total tally for the club to 26 goals in two years which is a great feat. Ever since his arrival from Southend in 2008 he has been virtually nothing but consistent for Charlton and didn’t look out of place one bit in what was his first ever season playing in the Championship. Even though the club got relegated in his debut season he was their one shining light and this was acknowledged by him receiving their player of the year award.
This season Bailey can be credited with a lot of the hard work that went into Charlton getting into the play-offs and although in some games he wasn’t at his best, one thing he always did without fail week-in, week-out was give 110 per cent. Had it not been for his influence in midfield then Charlton probably wouldn’t have came close to promotion.
Boro fans can look forward to the signing of Bailey as he is an all-action midfielder who is capable of taking a game by the scruff of the neck and won’t stop trying until the final whistle. He has got a good-eye for goal and is capable of scoring some absolute stunners as he has on numerous occasions for Charlton. He will provide a lot of energy in midfield and in games last season where Boro seemed to run out of steam, with a player like Bailey in the side he won’t let that happen. Of course there are weaknesses to his game, such as he is liable of trying spectacular passes that don’t come off when he should play the simple ball instead. Also sometimes he can make the wrong decision when it comes to either shooting or passing the ball.
Nicky Bailey is definitely a player who can help Middlesbrough get promoted next season and there is a chance should that happen that he just may be able to cut it in the Premiership. However firstly Boro need to win promotion first and with the imminent signing of Bailey they will be significantly boosting their chances of this becoming a reality.