Not many ‘keepers find the net, but Jesse Joronen can’t even claim to be the first stopper to score in a Boro’ shirt for the brownie points. Yet he did while on loan with us in October 2015; helping us to a 2-1 win at home to Wycombe Wanderers. He had been brought in that summer by boss Teddy Sheringham, though it was a bit of a surprise after we’d also drafted Chris Kettings in too.
The move gave Sheringham more security between the sticks; Chris Day was comfortably Boro’s number one at the time. His advancing years, however, meant the gaffer couldn’t risk it too much. Probably. And the Finn arrived with hopes high for his future. With a firm command of his area, Joronen was a formidable opponent in goal.
Jesse Joronen: Before Boro’
He’d already represented his country at international level and had first team experience from a number of loans; though not, it seems, a temporary stay at Cambridge United. It’s reported that Joronen returned to Fulham just one day after the Us signed him on a temporary basis because he was named as a substitute in his first game.
It didn’t harm his career, however, as he made his first team debut for Fulham in the Championship in 2014. And, apart from his brief time at Cambridge and his longer career at Craven Cottage, Joronen spent time on loan at Maidenhead United and Accrington Stanley in the UK; FC Lahti in Finland too.
Jesse Joronen: After Boro’
He’d lost his first team place at Fulham by the time he came to Boro’, but the west London club still had faith in his abilities. That didn’t come to much in the end, however. After his loan spell with us was up, Joronen ended up moving to the Danish league. Later, in summer 2019, Italian side Brescia stumped up £4.5m for him. Must’ve heard about his scoring abilities…