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Boro in the Chase for Afcon Star

January 31, 2013

Middlesbrough have reportedly joined the race to sign Bristol City’s star player, Albert Adomah, who is currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ghana.

The 25-year-old, who plays predominantly on the wing for City, has scored five goals in 26 appearances this season and missed Bristol’s vital away game at Leeds United last weekend as he prepares for the group stage in South Africa.

With City rooted to the bottom of the Championship, a number of clubs are eyeing up a swoop for the Ghanaian, and Boro boss, Tony Mowbray, should make a move this January.

If Friday night’s 1-0 loss away at Leicester told us anything, it was that Mowbray needs some attacking spice to secure Boro’s playoff spot this season. The teams were evenly matched, yet Leicester nicked a goal when it most matters and now sit in an automatic promotion spot.

That could have been ours this weekend and, were it not for Marvin Emnes’ shocking penalty, we would have at least left the King Power with something to boast.

We lacked pace going forward and struggled to really work through Leicester’s midfield despite having five across the middle at times. A player like Adomah would certainly have helped at the King Power to get behind City’s full-back and find Scott McDonald – and later Emnes – waiting in the box.

He is strong, can use both feet, and is not scared to take on two players down the wing. He scored his first international goal against Tunisia last week and is set to play well for Ghana, who are currently 7/1 favourites in the African Cup of Nations odds, this winter.

Adomah will not come cheap – reports from Betfair football pundits suggest he is available for around £3m – but, with 18 months on his contract, would be a free transfer next January and so Bristol may cash in now.

Granted, other teams are following him, plus a couple of Premier League outfits, but, if Mowbray can pull off this scoop, we may just have enough to challenge for second this season.

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