Middlesbrough fans taunt Leeds United after clinching £14m record deal

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Middlesbrough have signed Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest. Was this spending power part of the reason Garry Monk left Leeds behind?

Middlesbrough broke their transfer record last night to clinch a move for striker Britt Assombalonga.

The Nottingham Forest forward signed in a deal worth £14 million, with the club announcing the transfer on their official website.

Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga and Hull City's Sam Clucas in actionNottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga 

It is a big coup for new Boro boss Garry Monk, taking his overall spend to almost £30 million this summer, with Martin Braithwaite and Jonny Howson among the players brought in.

Monk is under pressure to lead Boro to win instant promotion - and from a personal perspective he needs to show he was right to walk out on Leeds United, having led the Whites to seventh last season.

With that one move he went from a hugely popular manager at Leeds to a figure of derision - but Middlesbrough fans believe the spending spree entirely justifies his choice.

Commenting on Twitter after the Assombalonga deal was secured, Middlesbrough fans could not resist having a jab at Leeds supporters, backing new boss Monk and taunting them that he made the right decision.






The spending makes Monk's job easier at Middlesbrough, but it also adds to the pressure and he will need to get off to a fast start.

New Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk during the press conferenceNew Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk 

Aston Villa showed last season that simply throwing money around does not guarantee results, as they did not get near to challenging for a play-off place.

Leeds fans also were quick to offer their views on social media after Middlesbrough's Assombalonga deal, suggesting the money was a key factor in Monk's decision.




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