Middlesbrough duo set to depart; Oxford poised to move

Middlesbrough attacker Marcus Browne is set to join Oxford United on loan, with Marc Bola also allowed to leave the club on a temporary deal according to reports.

Browne is no stranger to the Kassam, having scored six goal in 34 outings for them last season whilst on loan from West Ham. Manager Karl Robinson had been keen on signing the attacker in the summer, but Boro swept in and secured a deal with parent club West Ham.

With just 12 outings to his name this season, Browne is tumbling down the pecking order and Football Insider report he’s likely to move back to Oxfordshire for the remainder of the season as they challenge for promotion.

Bola, who also excelled in League One last season, is still to be linked with a destination. He moved to Blackpool from Arsenal in the summer of 2018 and had a strong season for the Seasiders. That prompted Boro to make a move for him over the summer but, like Browne, he’s struggled to make an impression at the Riverside.

Oxford are currently fourth in the League One table and a loan switch for Browne could seriously boost their chances of securing a top two finish and Championship football.

Our View

Marcus Browne looked a class act last season and there’s little doubt he has the quality to play in the Championship, given the chance.

That hasn’t come at Boro and where better to reignite his form than Oxford, where he excelled last season?

He knows the fans, the players and the staff and if he settles quickly, he’ll be a huge asset for them going into the second half of the season.


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