According to Sky Sports news, Middlesbrough are set to sign Huddersfield midfielder Rajiv van La Parra on loan for the rest of the season, with the player having a medical at Boro.
Although the player will officially sign for Boro once the transfer window opens on 1st January, the fact that Middlesbrough have already sorted out the fine details of the deal suggests that the player should be available for selection for Boro’s New Year’s Day game against Derby County.
Having signed for Huddersfield in the summer of 2016 for £800,000, La Parra has featured 97 times for the Terriers in all competitions, scoring 7 goals in the process.
However, while he has proved himself when given the chance, playing time dried up for the 27-year old this season, with his last appearance for the club coming back in October.
Life at Huddersfield wasn’t always difficult for La Parra, though, as he made five appearances at the start of 2017/18 season. Still, with the likes of John Fraser and Jordan Ibe moving above him in the pecking order, La Parra hasn’t been a part of Huddersfield match day squad for the last two months.
La Parra was linked with Boro in the summer
Back when Tony Pulis was struggling to add names to his squad, La Parra was one of many players linked with a move to Boro.
The rumours only died down once David Wagner commented that he “didn’t understand the questions” regarding the future of the player, before stating that the Dutch winger was going nowhere.
But with La Parra making just five appearances for Huddersfield this season, it is understood that the Huddersfield manager has changed his stance and would allow the playmaker to leave.
Boro need goals
Despite sitting 5th in the Championship, Tony Pulis’ side currently have the fourth worst attacking stats in the league. Hence it is only their defence, who have conceded 17 goals in 24 games, who have allowed Boro to mount a promotion challenge.
Therefore, with La Parra joining the squad until the end of the season, with an option to buy, Tony Pulis would be hoping that the experienced midfielder would give Boro the cutting edge they have lacked all season.