Best eleven or time to tinker?
It’s the business end of the season with every game having huge significance.
Each battle even more crucial than the last and Boro will need nerves of steel rivalling that of the Transporter bridge to navigate their way through it.
Freshly galvanised from the momentum swinger against Hull we now have a two week break before looking forward to the blood and thunder schedule of two games a week through April. The tantalising question is how will Boro line up and will Karanka live up to the label given by some Boro fans ‘tinkerman’? A label first attributed to Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri who ironically has probably used the least amount of players in the Premier League this season with his table toppers.
The truth is that when Karanka has had a full selection available, he hasn’t deviated much at all from a regular starting eleven. Infact as many as six players have started 80% or more of Boro’s league games this season and in this division that’s quite high. From one to eleven, most positions pick themselves. Dimi in goal, Friend left back and Nsue now established right back with Gibson being partnered by Ayala when fit (Kalas expected to deputise). Clayts and Leadbitter in the engine room, Adomah on one of the flanks with Ramirez our new number 10 in the hole. The only questionable selections are that of Stuani or Downing and Rhodes or Nugent. However should Aitor Karanka decide that legs are weary or form has been lost, then a bench with two of the aforementioned players along with names like Forshaw, De Laet and Kike Sola should mean that Boro can relish this as an opportunity to forge ahead of teams that aren’t afforded that luxury.
- Is Britt Assombalonga’s time at Middlesbrough coming to an end?
- Lewis Wing’s future at Middlesbrough uncertain
Boro will be desperate not to be the recipients of the obligatory April fools headline come Friday the 1st, so let’s have another massive 3 points to put us in the top two and pile the pressure on the pretenders for the weekend. It is there for us, let’s get out and believe. UTB!!!!