In the summer Garry Monk decided to improve the striking options at Middlesbrough. He spent big on Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher, but before that snapped up Danish international Martin Braithwaite from French side Toulouse.
It was a costly deal. According to a report from Sky Sports, Boro spent £9 million to sign the player.
But things didn’t pan out the way Braithwaite would have liked. The 26-year-old scored six goals for Boro but Monk was soon on his way and the Dane found himself out of favour under the new manager Tony Pulis.
With that in mind, he was sent out on loan back to France in the winter. The 26-year-old forward joined Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season in order to play first-team football ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
This weekend saw him score in Ligue 1. Bordeaux defeated Montpellier 3-1 away from home, with Braithwaite starting the scoring in the ninth minute.
But this was his first goal for the French side. Braithwaite finally ended his drought with the French side, scoring after nine previous appearances for the club.
His lack of goals since moving to France has certainly justified Middlesbrough’s decision to let him move on in the winter.
Boro, who are still chasing the Championship play-off places, have not missed out on the Dane. In the summer, according to the Daily Mail, the French side have the option to but Braithwaite for a fee of £7 million. But given his struggles since making the move, it would be a shock to see that fee being spent by the Ligue 1 side.
Middlesbrough. May have to try and find another buyer or give him another chance to shine at the Riverside.