Even the most optimistic Middlesbrough fan would have predicted a battering from Arsenal on Saturday as the Gunners looked to continue their impressive start to the season.
There’s no doubt Middlesbrough’s return to the Premier League hasn’t started in the way fans would have hoped or expected following a pre-season of impressive transfer business adding to an already strong squad.
Frustration amongst Middlesbrough fans is rapidly reaching boiling point as Boro slumped to their fourth Premier League defeat of the season.
Another game, another Premier League defeat for Boro this season as they continue the search for their first home league win of the campaign.
Prior to Middlesbrough’s 2016/17 Premier League campaign, new signing, Marten De Roon was expected to be the man making all the headlines for Boro in midfield.
Defeat on Saturday made it three losses for Middlesbrough FC and, in certain quarters, the early season optimism is dissipating somewhat.
At the start of the summer, plenty of pundits, journalists and fans from all over the country were condemning Middlesbrough to relegation.
Just three games into the new Premier League season and already the first International break is upon us.
The transfer window has slammed shut and it brought 12 new players to the Riverside, the busiest window in Middlesbrough FC's history.
Speculation has been rife over the weekend regarding the future of Boro striker Jordan Rhodes, who was left out of Aitor Karanka’s side for the 2-1 victory over Sunderland on Sunday.