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With the new Premier League season underway and Middlesbrough off the mark, thanks to a 1-1 draw with Stoke City on the opening day, all thoughts turn to the games which lie ahead.
I read an article the other day which seemed to suggest that Middlesbrough FC fans admitted that the newly-promoted team looked really tired in the latter stages of the season opener against Stoke.
With the best will in the world to our relegation-dodging pseudo-rivals, this weekend’s opponents Sunderland are one of the worst sides Middlesbrough will face in the league this season.
A summer of excitement, signings and anticipation for the new seasons is almost coming to an end as the season’s opener against Mark Hughes' Stoke inches ever closer.
As the season curtain raiser approaches, the excitement across Teesside is at an all-time high as Boro prepare for life back in the Premier League.
Boro fans’ days were made on Friday afternoon as the club confirmed that defending colossus Daniel Ayala had signed a new deal with the club, keeping him at the Riverside until 2020.
It only takes a look at Middlesbrough FC’s recent transfer history to see why fans of the club are so excited about their Premier League return.
To say that Boro’s signing of American goalkeeper Brad Guzan raised a few eyebrows would be a massive understatement and there was just one question on fans’ minds: why have Boro signed another keeper?
Middlesbrough have got off to a cracking start to what is arguably our most important preseason in recent years.
Boro’s ambitious summer transfers continue with the loan capture of Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo, the powerful former Manchester City man who scored 23 goals in 48 games in his only season in England.