So, Jonathan Woodgate is hoping to implement a more attacking style this season, and in the Championship a player can come from anywhere to top the scoring charts as shown last season with Teemu Pukki.
It’s no great surprise that teams with high scoring forwards tend to do well. Having a clinical finisher is obviously a boost to any team, but the strikers need the right support system behind them. You rarely see forwards doing it all on their own nowadays.
The amount of goals needed to be Top Scorer in The Championship is at least 25. Four of the last six seasons have seen the top scorer rack up a minimum of 27 goals in total, while Pukki nearly hit 30 last season. He did that by clicking with the teams overall style, benefitting from a talented, creative midfield.
Four of the last five winners of the golden boot have helped their side to a top-six finish. While their goals help, the clubs tend to have enough talent around the pitch to make a sustained promotion push.
Boro will need to consider more than just the forwards when it comes to scoring goals, last season all of the top five Championship goalscorers played for teams who like to play on the front foot, and at the end of the season, analysis showed all played for clubs who preferred a patient, passing style.
Boro will need key players and an open style. The forwards will need plenty of support from midfield. Those elements should factor into wether Boro finish mid table or challenge for the playoffs.
THE LAST 5 BORO PLAYERS TO SCORE 20 LEAGUE GOALS
1. Bernie Slaven (21) 1988/90
2. Bernie Slaven (21) 1987/88
3. John Hickton (25) 1970/71
4. John Hickton (24) 1969/70
5. John Hickton (24) 1967/68