MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray expects a quiet January transfer window for the promotion-seeking Teessiders.
But Boro are confident of extending Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran’s loan until the end of the season.
“We’re not really in the market place to add more players in January,” said Mowbray, who has Rhys Williams, Muzzy Carayol, Julio Arca and Curtis Main all closing in on fitness to bolster squad strength.
“We’re going to have some real selection headaches about who’s getting left out and who’s sitting in the stand as opposed to on the bench.
“So I’m not here looking at trying to get a load more players in January. We’re
trying to manage the squad – if there are any outs there might be an in.
“If not then the likes of Luke Williams and Adam Reach, who have been on the periphery for the last month or two, will probably get an opportunity. They’re talented young boys.
“So I’m not sitting here thinking, ‘Let’s go and buy some players’. The squad have coped well this year.
“But if the right opportunity comes along for the right player who will help the squad, the chairman is very positive about try to help the team achieve its goals this year.”
Midfielder Faris Haroun, who missed last week’s win over Wolves with a calf problem, should return to training today, but Saturday’s game at Leeds may come too soon for him. Andy Halliday has had an injection in his Achilles after also missing the Wolves match.
Boro have sold out their 3,000-seat allocation for Elland Road, and have cut prices for January 5’s FA Cup third round tie against non-league Hastings United to just £10 for adults, £7 for over-65s and £5 for under-18s.