“Soon be found out” – Middlesbrough sent warning over 25-year-old signing after previous stint

“Soon be found out” – Middlesbrough sent warning over 25-year-old signing after previous stint

Delano Burgzorg may struggle to make a consistent impact for Middlesbrough following his loan spell with Huddersfield Town last season.

Football League World’s Huddersfield Town fan analyst, Graeme Rayner, says he didn’t expect the attacker to join a Championship team this summer.

Burgzorg played the 2023/24 season on loan with the Terriers from German top tier club Mainz.

Burgzorg made 33 appearances in all competitions for the Terriers at The John Smith’s Stadium, scoring seven goals and assisting twice.

Delano Burgzorg 2023/24 Championship stats for Huddersfield Town – from SofaScore
Appearances 33
Goals 7
Shots per Game 1.6
Assists 2
Pass Success Rate 75%
Big Chances Created 3
Dribble Success Rate 49%

However, those contributions were not enough to prevent Huddersfield from suffering relegation from the Championship to League One at the end of the campaign.

Even so, Burgzorg himself will now be back in the second-tier of English football next season, in a move it seems Terriers fans may not have seen coming.

Huddersfield fan reacts to Delano Burgzorg Middlesbrough move

Middlesbrough announced last week that they have signed Burgzorg from Mainz permanently.

The 25-year-old joined the club for an unknown amount and signed a four-year contract that guarantees his future at The Riverside Stadium until the end of the 2027/28 season.

Last season, Michael Carrick’s squad finished eighth in the Championship league, four points behind the play-off places.

They will most certainly be aiming for a top six slot again next season, and Rayner does not appear to have expected them to target Burgzorg this summer.

When asked if he is surprised by the attacker’s move to Middlesbrough following his performances for Huddersfield last season, the Terriers fan told Football League World:

“Delano Burgzorg has some potential. He stood out among our team’s players for his ball skills. But he rapidly became one of our most irritating players.

“Because if you say he has five touches, he wants six, and if you say he has ten, he wants eleven; he constantly wants an extra touch, to beat his man one more time. He never knows when to release the ball.

“There was one game last year that was critical, as were all of our games, and he broke through, and all he had to do was square the ball to Jack Rudoni, and we would have scored a vital goal, but he didn’t, and that was the final straw, and I believe the fans turned against him.”

“So I’m surprised he’s moved to a Championship team, who will have watched him and seen the same undeniable strengths but also obvious flaws in his game.”

“A four-year contract feels long. I joked that I’m surprised the Middlesbrough chairman was able to sign the deal since I doubt Burgzorg would have given him the pen.

“Good luck to him. I believe he will be discovered soon and will not be able to play as much for them as he would like; nonetheless, I believe he might be a squad player. I could be proven wrong, but I seriously doubt it.

Burgzorg is now ‘Boro’s second signing of the summer transfer window.

The club have already announced a deal to re-sign right-back Luke Ayling on a permanent deal, following his successful spell on loan at The Riverside Stadium from Leeds United in the second half of last season.

Delano Burgzorg an interesting signing for ‘Boro

Burgzorg’s move to Middlesbrough will be interesting to follow.

There is no disputing that bringing in a player like Burgzorg, who was just relegated from the Championship, feels like a gamble for ‘Boro considering their ambitions to move up the division.

However, there is no disputing that he made some positive contributions for Huddersfield last season, and it is worth considering whether playing with a bigger squad could bring out the best in him. If that’s the case, this could be a good signing for Middlesbrough.

However, if Burgzorg is unable to improve his form at Huddersfield, it is difficult to see him playing consistently for a team with higher ambitions.

Indeed, given Emmanuel Latte Lath’s form and the fact that ‘Boro appear to be looking to add to their offensive options this summer, Burgzorg will face stiff competition for a place in the team.

As a result, offering him such a long contract may make this a fairly pricey agreement, especially if, as mentioned above, the attacker ends up playing a minor role for Middlesbrough.

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