NEIL WARNOCK will talk with Josh Coburn over the next couple of weeks to discuss whether the striker should head out on loan next season or remain with Middlesbrough’s first-team squad.

Coburn enjoyed a dream home debut this afternoon as he headed home Neeskens Kebano’s cross to claim his first senior goal in Boro’s 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The 18-year-old only made his senior debut on Wednesday, when he came off the bench for the final three minutes of Boro’s win at Rotherham United, and had only been on the field for eight minutes this afternoon when he rose to score.

The Richmond-born youngster should get more chances to impress in the remaining two matches of the season, before Warnock decides on what to do with him next season.

Warnock said: “I honestly don’t know what will happen. We’ve got two games left, then we’ll sit down with him in the summer and see.

“Josh keeps improving. He might really benefit from going out on loan, but I might decide that it might be better if he stays with me for another six months. He could potentially learn a lot from staying here with me and Ronnie Jepson. He’d maybe learn more with us here than he would going out on loan.

“These are the decisions we’ve got to make, but they’re nice decisions. I don’t want to say too much though, they might tell me I can’t sign a striker!”

With Connor Malley having been named as Sky’s Man of the Match as he made his debut at Rotherham in the week, Boro’s Rockliffe Park production line is once more delivering first-team players.

Warnock is delighted with the young talent at his disposal, and while he expects a number of youngsters to leave on loan next season, he is excited at the prospect of how the current crop of academy youngsters will develop over the next couple of years.

He said: “I think it looks really promising for six to 12 months’ time that we’ve got lads coming through.

“At the moment, we can’t expect these lads to do this week in, week out - not in the Championship. But when you get some games under your belt and you’re physically stronger, then you have a chance.

“There’s a few more in the academy coming through as well, not just those two. There’s as many as six who could come on really strong in the next 12 months.”