The Premier League season is just over a week away, and most sides have only just started their transfer business. However, newly promoted side Middlesbrough, have already penned down nine summer signings, making them the club with the highest number of arrivals so far in the summer transfer market.
Middlesbrough haven’t taken one bit of hesitation, and plunged straight into the transfer market for the new season, by signing nine players. The nine new players have included two goalkeepers, two defenders, three midfielders and a striker.
Aitor Karanka has made some impressive signings too in those nine, including a season-long loan signature of Alvaro Negredo from Valencia. Negredo was a deadly finisher in his spell at Sevilla back in 2009-2013, with 70 goals from 132 games. The forward couldn’t quite match the high expectations on his shoulders when he moved to Manchester City though, as he endured a tough spell in England, only bagging nine goals in two seasons.
The Spanish international, who was a part of the successful side who won the Euro Championship in 2012, will be hoping for a much better time in England than the last one, and if Karanka can persist with the forward, unlike his spell at City, where he didn’t exactly have a run of consecutive games, it could pay-off for his new side, and the striker could return to his excellent scoring form.
Another highly-rated signing was shot-stopper Victor Valdes. The ex-Barcelona goalkeeper is a World Cup winner, and has bags of experience which could be vital in Boro’s new campaign. Karanka has also added competition for Valdes, by signing Brad Guzan from recently relegated Aston Villa, on a free transfer. Guzan will add competition, and also will be experienced as the side look to avoid relegation, as he has been there before with his former club.
The Boro boss has also recruited two attacking midfielders which have the potential to feed the Spanish forward with a bag of goals next season. Gaston Ramirez who played a massive part of steering Boro towards promotion last season, has been tied down to a permanent move to the Riverside. Another player who is to set to bolster their attacking line-up is ex-Ajax playmaker, Viktor Fischer. Karanka signed the 22-year-old for just £3.8 million, which could prove to be a bargain with the potential he has shown in his time at Ajax, and in pre-season.
These are just some of the signings Middlesbrough have made already added in the transfer market. Another benefit to making this swift transfer business is that it has allowed more time for the newcomers to gain game time in the red and white strip.
And by how the pre-season friendly at the weekend played out, against a strong Aston Villa side, they look raring to go for the new season. The 3-1 victory at Villa Park could provide a huge boost for the start of the season after a worthy win with a strong performance. Boro were deadly on the attack, and opened the Villa defence up with their counter-attacking mentality, which clearly looks the right way to go for next season.
New signings of Alvaro Negredo and Viktor Fischer both bagged a goal each, with Jordan Rhodes nodding home the third. Aitor Karanka’s side showed plenty of fire power infront of goal, and Fischer seemed the brightest spark after an assist and a goal, as well as some real quality going forward for his new side.
Middlesbrough have made some early transfer business, which has provided more time to get the new signings gelling as a team. Now, after a successful transfer market, and an impressive pre-season, Aitor Karanka’s team look ready for the Premier League, and any opposition they face, shouldn’t be taking this side lightly next season.