Middlesbrough boss Wilder keen to keep Akpom


 

Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder has admitted he is willing to keep Chuba Akpom at the club after the striker’s impressive start to the new campaign.

Akpom looked to be on his way out of the club after he was left out of the squad during the preseason.

The Nigerian-born forward scored a brace to help Boro draw 2-2 against Sheffield United at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.

“He’s just had 300 clubs, that’s the only problem! Let’s just make it that he stays here at this club a little bit longer than he’s stayed at other clubs,” Wilder was quoted by Teesside Live.

“That’s down to him. He had to convince me. I didn’t have to convince him because this is a really good football club with good facilities.

“We were honest in terms of what we asked of him, that’s non-negotiable. We want him to run around, work hard and compete.

“But we want him to play as well, which he did. It was up to him, and it’s still up to him to keep that going. He’s part of the group, and he has to keep going.”

Akpom spent last season on loan at Greek club, PAOK, where he netted 11 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions.

He has a year left on his contract with Middlesbrough.

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