With his form hitting the top gear in the last few weeks, a number of clubs are queuing to secure the services of Middlesbrough midfielder Lewis Wing, once the January transfer window opens.
However, if reports coming from media outlets are to be believed, the club aren’t in a hurry in allowing the talented player to leave, especially if they beat Burton on December 18th to book a place in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Wing, who hasn’t been in the major plans of Boro manager Tony Pulis, nearly left the club before Boro decided to pull the plug on his proposed loan move away from Teesside having failed to bring any notable options in the midfield area that they had hoped for.
Wing has taken the opportunity with both hands, as shown by his rocket of a strike against Crystal Palace in the last round of Carabao Cup.
As a reward for his impressive performances, Wing was given a new three-year deal last month, barring which he’d have been a free agent next summer.
However, while Middlesbrough were short of options in their midfield department in the summer, the situation has turned upside down now.
Tony Pulis now has seven players in his squad that could play in the middle of the park, and there are transfer rumours that the club is still looking for a new midfielder, with QPR’s Luke Freeman on their radar.
Therefore, while it seems unthinkable that Boro could let Wing leave for permanently in the upcoming transfer window, a loan move might make sense for both the club and the player.
Apart from Yeovil Town – who are keen to secure Wing’s services in League 2 – fellow Championship sides Millwall, Preston and Rotherham are also keeping tabs on the player.
However, much more than the interest of his suitors, it will be the fate of Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup that might help Wing make his mind.
Wing Still Pinching Himself
Amid all the talks of his potential departure, Wing says he is still pinching himself having grabbed the award for the best goal of the round for the scorcher he scored against Crystal Palace.
“It was surreal. All my mates were getting onto me saying, ‘look at your name next to all those other names.’ Hopefully, I can do it again,” he said.
"After many times before, to do it on a big scale like that against good opposition was the biggest one yet and the best one."
"I didn’t know about Player of the Round, but I’m over the moon to get both of them."