Middlesbrough opinion: Boro in the race for Kadeem Harris – Good move?
The 25-year-old, who appeared 13 times in the Welsh club’s Premier League season, has been released. As a result, both Boro and the Owls are prowling around looking to sign him for free. (h/t Star)
Harris arrived at Cardiff back in 2012 from Wycombe for an undisclosed fee. The start of his career at the Welsh capital was a struggle, but he kept on plugging in and eventually became a valuable squad player.
Now, with the Englishman free to move anywhere and given his propensities, it isn’t a surprise that two clubs are already in the race to sign him.
Here’s why Middlesbrough should beat Sheffield Wednesday for this deal:
Boro could do with more quality in wide attacking areas
When Tony Pulis was in charge, Boro played with an unorthodox 3-5-1-1 or 3-5-2 system, where out-and-out-wingers weren’t of great use.
Now, with the manager sacked and change imminent, we could see a shift in playing system as well. Jonathan Woodgate is tipped to be in charge of the senior team (h/t Teesside Live), having been the assistant manager of the U-18 team at Teesside.
On evidence of how Boro’s youth team play (4-4-1-1 formation), we can derive a conclusion that the club could do with the signing of a quality winger in this transfer window.
Furthermore, in any case, the Riverside club have a weakness in wide attacking areas. Hence, signing a winger, regardless of whether Woodgate gets hired or not, makes a lot of sense.
For that reason, they are right in joining the race to sign Kadeem Harris. The former Cardiff man is a valuable player who can offer width on both sides of the field. His pace, directness with the ball and good crossing abilities would help the team.
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Therefore, with Sheffield Wednesday also on the prowl, Middlesbrough should be proactive and complete the deal for Harris sooner rather than later.