Britt Assombalonga is a target for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United, according to a report by the Mirror.
After Eddie Nketiah returned to Arsenal it’s understood that the promotion hopefuls are on the hunt for a new striker with the Boro man reportedly having caught their eye.
In light of the reports, these fans have called on the club to try and negotiate a swap-deal involving their former striker Patrick Bamford.
Would you swap Assombalonga for Bamford?
Give us Bamford for him
— Jonny Gray (@JonnyGray20) January 21, 2020
Bamford swap? @ChrissyWillard7
— Nathan Rayner (@n_rmfc7) January 21, 2020
Bamford and 10 million please
— David Middleton (@Davemidd8) January 21, 2020
Others however, weren’t so keen on the idea of Assombalonga joining Leeds.
Britt is a good player on his day when his confidence is high would rather keep him than watch him go score for fun at Leeds
— Declan Dalton (@DeclanDalton3) January 21, 2020
No chance don’t
— Robert Frankland (@RobertFranklan3) January 21, 2020
Need him to stay at Boro! Will score a bag full when he’s back in the side alongside fletch with Roberts feeding them.
— Craig liley (@craigylilo) January 21, 2020
What do we think?
Assombalonga signed for Middlesbrough from Nottingham Forest in July 2017 for a fee of £15.4m (via Transfermarkt.co.uk). Since his arrival, the 27-year-old has scored 37 goals in 114 appearances and is now valued at £9m.
Since the start of this season, he’s only started 66% of the clubs Championship fixtures, scoring just six goals this season. The striker hasn’t featured for Jonathan Woodgate’s side since the 1-0 win over Charlton back in early December and so if there’s a decent offer on the table, you can understand why the club may be willing to move him on.