‘A whisper or two’ – Reporter reveals brief preview of Middlesbrough’s next January transfer window

There are rumors Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson is set to back manager Michael Carrick in the January transfer window, according to Teesside Live reporter Craig Johns.

The former Manchester United midfielder only arrived in the latter stages of October and with that he has yet to have a transfer window to put his stamp on the first team.

Already changing the formation of the club, he may wish to add one or two players to his squad as 2023 approaches to give them the best chance of being in the promotion mix at the end of this campaign.

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Currently 14th, they will need to maintain their current form if they are to have any chance of a top-six finish, with their brilliant start under Carrick giving them the chance to set ambitious goals again.

The winter window could be a crucial time for them as Boro looks to continue to thrive under their current boss, although it was unclear whether he would be lucky enough to spend much after what has been a summer. very busy at the Riverside with 11 new players entering. .

However, there are now suggestions that Gibson will look to back their new manager when the next window opens, although it remains to be seen how much the former would be willing to spend.

The verdict:

Looking at their squad there probably doesn’t need to be too many additions, certainly not in the goalkeeping department anyway with Zack Steffen and Liam Roberts competing for the number one goalkeeping jersey .

It has been reported that they want to make this deal permanent for Steffen – and now may be the perfect time for them to move after Stefan Ortega’s decent display for Manchester City against Chelsea before the World Cup break.

In defence, it could be argued that another left-back would be ideal, but if Ryan Giles stays at left-back then they may not need to take a closer look at that area and they probably won’t want to. not add a starting center. -return to their team considering their existing options, although a fifth-choice option might be useful.

In midfield Zidane Iqbal is thought to be interesting but you have to wonder if Carrick will rethink now with Hayden Hackney impressive in the middle of the park.

And they have a decent number of options up top too, so they might want to focus more on adding wingers if they want to operate with advanced wide men long term.

A few signatures would be ideal, but major surgery is not necessary.