Barnsley striker Devante Cole has garnered interest from Middlesbrough and three other Championship outfits after an excellent start to the 2023/24 campaign, according to TeamTalk.
The former Fleetwood Town and Wigan Athletic frontman has been in fine form this term, scoring eight goals in eight matches under Neill Collins, making him the League One top goalscorer. Cole has scored three more goals than Portsmouth star Colby Bishop in second place.
The 28-year-old scored 15 goals for Barnsley last season but has already gone over the halfway mark despite the season still being in its infancy.
His goalscoring run hasn’t gone unnoticed by clubs upstairs. TeamTalk are reporting that there is a three-way pursuit for Cole’s signature right now between Boro, Stoke City and Swansea City, all of whom are struggling for goals this season.
Furthermore, Bristol City are said to be interested in signing Cole too. The Robins have a history with the Cole family, having been instrumental in his father Andrew’s career early on before the future England star became a legendary figure at Manchester United.
Cole topping the charts
As per the BBC, Cole is currently averaging 1.12 goals per 90 in League One this season. Only Derby County’s Martyn Waghorn (1.28) and Cambridge United’s Fejiri Okenabirhie (2.23) are bettering Cole in this metric.
Moreover, the Manchester City academy graduate boasts a shot accuracy of 71 percent and a conversion rate of 47 percent from a total of 17 shots on top of a ratio of scoring one goal every 81 minutes.
It’s not a surprise that Cole is seeing numerous clubs in the Championship registering interest in his services given he is the in-form player in England’s third-tier this term.
Middlesbrough, Stoke and Swansea are all struggling in front of goal so far and their managers are under increasing pressure. Having a striker who can score regularly like Cole could turn some losses and draws into wins.