Middlesbrough could move for Marcus Rashford this Summer – Here’s why…
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 23, 2016
Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene last season, making his first competitive debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa league. It took the starlet just 64 minutes to bag his first competitive goal for the club, when he tucked away from 7 yards, before completing his brace with a tidy half volley 11 minutes later. The young prospect showed experience beyond his years and showed what he can do on the World stage.
It only got better from that point on, as he netted 2 goals against Arsenal in a 3-2 win, and the most memorable goal of all, a cheeky finish past Joe Hart in the Manchester derby. He finished the season with 7 goals in total, 5 in just 11 appearances in the Premier League. Not bad for an 18 year old.
His sparkling form earned him an England call up, and he received his first England cap at home to Australia. He scored, of course.
He then forced his way into Roy Hodgson’s England plans, and was brought along to the Euros as a wildcard. He never made a start in the tournament, but made regular appearances off the bench, and used his blistering pace to drive into the opposition box at every given opportunity, catching the eye of football fans around the World.
But enough about Rashford for now, where do Boro come into this? Well, first of all, this man.
As Boro fans already know, boss Aitor Karanka worked under Mourinho at Real Madrid, and a great friendship has developed between the two. During Mourinho’s time at Chelsea, Boro loaned youth players such as Nathaniel Chalobah, Tomas Kalas, Jamal Blackman and most notably, Patrick Bamford.
Boro significantly aided the development of Mourinho’s youngsters during his time at Stamford Bridge, Bamford and Kalas being the standout players. This won’t have gone unnoticed by Jose, who is likely to be actively looking for destinations for United’s younger generation. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Andreas Pereira have all been linked with moves away this month, but Rashford is the pick of the bunch.
Another contributing factor to the story is Jordan Rhodes’ suprise emission from the Middlesbrough side that faced Sunderland this weekend, with The Sun claiming the Scotsman has been told he is free to go this summer, with talk of a loan move to both Norwich and Wolves being circulated by the media. This would leave Boro with just 2 recognised strikers at the club, Alvaro Negredo and David Nugent. This opens up the door to a 3rd option, and Marcus Rashford fits the bill perfectly. He offers pace and power to the front line, and can be operated on the wing or in the lone striker role.
So will Boro make a move for Rashford this summer? Only time will tell…