There were five new arrivals at the Riverside in the run-up to the transfer deadline.
Boro, 16th in the Championship to Town’s 21st, have a strong link with Chelsea, and two Stamford Bridge youngsters, striker Patrick Bamford and keeper Jamal Blackburn, were recruited on loan to join clubmate and centre-back Kenneth Omeru.
Midfielder Ryan Fredericks has been borrowed from Tottenham Hotspur.
And Spanish manager Aitor Karanka, pictured right, whose side have lost their last two league games, went Dutch to land winger Yanic Wildschut and Belgian to bring in frontman Jelle Vossen, who is on loan from Genk with a view to a permanent move.
Boro fans are getting excited by their club’s vaied attacking options.
Bamford, 20, has been bright in previous loan spells at MK Dons and Derby County.
And Vossen, 25, was a prolific scorer in his homeland.
The pair will join existing forward Kike, who was signed from Murcia during the close-season and has bagged three goals already, the same tally as midfielder Grant Leadbitter.
The trio have certainly excited Boro old boy Bernie Slaven.
The popular former player wrote in his Middlesbrough Gazette column: “We have serious firepower and real options up front. As a fan that excites me.
“Boro have done well under Aitor Karanka over the last eight months or so but we all knew that they lacked teeth, that they didn’t have a real cutting edge, that they were easy to defend against.
“We knew it and Karanka knew it.
“That is partly because of the shape he has played in the past because if you play one up top it is very hard to break through and score.
“As a lone striker you are up against two big defenders and it is hard to find space and unless the midfield are bombing on – which ours weren’t – it is hard to find support too.
“We were all raving about Kike after the first few games but even with him up front that shape wasn’t hurting teams and Leadbitter has been Boro’s top scorer in the league.
“Now Boro have gone out and addressed that problem – in style.
“They have brought in two new strikers. For me that is the difference between getting promotion or not.
“If you only have one main man you are hostage to fortune.
“He may go off the boil. He may get injured. We may find he struggles in the winter when pitches get heavy. Other teams may wise up and learn to stop him.
“With three strikers you have options to change the game, to try different tactics, to rest and rotate.
“And it gives you more chance to score goals – and ultimately it is goals that win you games.”
At the other end, 6ft 5in England junior international keeper Blackman will compete with Spaniard Tomas Mejias and Greek Dimi Konstantopoulos for the keeper’s shirt.
Karanka has loaned existing stopper Jason Steele to Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers.
Fredericks, who has had previous loans at Brentford and Millwall, will bolster a midfield department which already includes former Town star Adam Clayton, Leadbitter, Albert Adomah, Lee Tomlin, Adam Reach and Dean Whitehead.
With Ben Gibson and Emilio Nsue returning from injury, Karanka has loaned centre-back Seb Hines to Coventry City.
It’s been a mixed start to the season on Teesside.
Boro were 2-0 home winners over Birmingham City on the first day, and after losing 1-0 at Leeds United, bounced back to win 2-1 at Bolton.
But since then, they have suffered two losses at the Riverside, 3-2 to Sheffield Wednesday and 1-0 to Reading.
In the Capital One Cup, League I sides Oldham Athletic and Preston North End have been seen off to set up a big third-round clash with Liverpool at Anfield.