Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail, Is Boro's New Mantra

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail, Is Boro's New Mantra

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Byline: GAZETTE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016 Follow us on Twitter @EveningGazette Jono's Jottings with Jonathon Taylor

AND they're off!

Boro wasted no time in securing their first signing of the summer, flying out of the transfer traps to land Ajax starlet Viktor Fischer.

Only 20 days after clinching promotion to the Premier League following a final day draw with Brighton, Boro con-firmed an agreement was in place to sign the Danish international for a reported PS3.8m. Only a few formalities delayed the official confirmation last week - and even that came before the Championship play-off final was contested at Wembley.

That's some going - a pat on the back for everyone concerned at Middlesbrough Football Club.

It's no surprise that Aitor Karanka and Steve Gibson have moved quickly.

Promotion may have transformed Boro into one of the world's top 30 richest clubs - but 19 of their top-flight rivals are also members of that lucrative gentleman's club too.

Every team at football's top table are scouring the market for deals, trying to pip each other to a bargain.

Some clubs may have taken their eye off the ball as Euro 2016 and Copa America loom large. Most managers will be on holiday now, on the beach rather than in the office.

But as soon as July comes, it's going to be a financial free-forall in the transfer market. Every Premier League club will be spending - and spending big.

Boro have put their spade in the ground early. They've identified a target, they've agreed a fee, and they've wrapped it up in rapid time. That's seriously impressive.

The word among some Dutch journalists is that Viktor Fischer is a real talent, but has never fulfilled his potential in Amsterdam.

"Lungs like a horse" is one phrase that sticks in my mind, from a conversation with Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij. Make sure you don't read that wrong!

It sounds like Fischer is a player with the skillset to thrive in English football, but one who also needs to develop certain aspects of his game.

His power and willingness to get up and down the flank will endear him to the Boro fans and Aitor Karanka. Everyone likes a player who puts in a shift. …

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