Steve Gibson knows signings are needed in January says Jonathan Woodgate after Leeds defeat

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate says he and chairman Steve Gibson are on the same page as the club eye up reinforcements in January.

Sunday, 1st December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Sunday, 1st December 2019, 11:45 am
Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate says the club need reinforcements in January.
Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate says the club need reinforcements in January.

Boro are down to the bare bones of their squad and are languishing just above the Championship relegation zone following Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing at Leeds.

Adam Clayton aside, Boro’s outfield substitutes has just three Championship appearances between them before the game at Elland Road.

Midfielder Ben Liddle and striker Tyrone O’Neill were therefore forced to come on in difficult circumstances when the result was already beyond doubt.

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“I thought Ben was very good. These young lads are just finding their way in the game,” said Woodgate when asked about his young bench after the game.

“Tyrone's just come from the National League playing with Darlington and sometimes it's not fair to them for me to do it.

“No doubt they will be good players in the future but at times it is early to be putting them on.”

When asked about the January window, Woodgate added: “Without a doubt we need to do business in January, the chairman will be on the same page as me on that one.

During his interview with BBC Tees after the game, Woodgate was also asked if Boro will be able to sign players in what is starting to look like a desperate situation.

“I’d like to think so,” replied the Boro boss. “Lets see what the loan market is, what transfers are out there but we do need reinforcements without a doubt. It’s blatant for all to see.”