Blues have signed highly-rated winger Onel Hernandez on loan from Norwich for the remainder of the season.

Hernandez, who has made 17 appearances for Boro in the Championship this season, has been in talks with numerous Championship clubs since the transfer window opened.

Neil Warnock signed him for the Teessiders in the summer but has subsequently departed and replaced by ex-Sheffield United man Wilder, who has overseen a dramatic uplift in performances and results.

Since Wilder’s arrival, Hernandez’ game time has largely come from the bench. Now Boro has allowed the 28-year-old to explore other opportunities to allow them to do other business in the January window.

Here’s what Wilder had to say about the Cuban international just before this announcement:

“Onel has been great for me, the same as Uche (Ikpeazu), great attitude but he’s a wide player who plays in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3, a 3-4-3 as a wide player.

“From a financial point of view, it’s quite a big number for somebody now at the top of the pitch whose game time will be limited.”

Verdict

This signing all but confirms Bowyer will be reverting to four at the back, to allow Hernandez to fit in the side on the wing. This is promising as Bela is also near to full recovery from his injury. 

A great signing for Blues who lack any creative spark in the final third of the pitch. Let’s hope he can hit the ground running and create chances for Hogan and Juke!