The striker completed a big-money switch from Blackburn on deadline day of the January transfer window, with Aitor Karanka’s side paying an initial £9 million for his services.
Boro will be hoping that he can score the goals that they will need to get them promoted, with Rhodes having been prolific during his time with Rovers, bagging 166 in 316 league games, with 11 in 26 this season.
And Merson has backed them to earn promotion to the top flight, saying he would be shocked if they did go up following his capture.
“You put the ball in front of him and he scores a goal, can he move up the next league? We’ll see because I think Middlesbrough get promoted on the strength of that signing.”
“I think it’s a good move for everybody, I’d be shocked if Middlesbrough didn’t go up with that signing.”
There is no denying that Boro could do with a fresh impetus of goals in the side either, with them having struggled for a regular goalscorer this season.
Their current top goal scorers in the division are Christhian Stuani are David Nugent, with the two strikers having managed six and five goals apiece in the league so far this season.
That is far below the tally that a team chasing promotion needs, and they will be hoping that Rhodes can come in and score the goals they need to help them secure place in the Premier League next season