What Would It Take for Boro to Get Back Into the Premier League?
Goals and a good defence is all that Boro needs to get back into the Premier League, and fortunately all of that seems to be coming well for the team.
This season Middlesbrough is attacking the Premier League promotion spot with a number of big money additions after Karanka and Gibson missed out on the last season’s promotion. Many wonder if this season is their best chance to achieve the top-flight return and if there is enough quality for that?
The quality is there, there is no doubt about that, but what Boro will need to improve compared to last season is their goal scoring statistic. So far the team has assured its fans of that by scoring 23 goals on 14 games, which puts it second behind Fulham with 26 goals at the moment. It was the only thing that let everybody down last season as reported by xnetcasinos.com, the home of NetEnt casinos and mobile casinos. Practically everybody knows that! Boro finished last season with just 68 goals, while the teams that got promoted scored well over 90 goals. That’s almost a 30 goal difference!
The defence was the best in the division without a doubt, and this year seems promising too. With just 9 goals conceded, Boro is second behind Hull City with 8 goals conceded after 14 weeks into the 2015/2016 season. So, is this the key year or are we going to wait for another one, and another one and…?
Considering the £13 million spent on attacking players during the summer transfer window, it seems that Boro has learned the lesson. Downing, Stuani, Nugent, De Pena… these are the players that are supposed to increase the quality on the attacking end. So far, Downing, Stuani and Nugent have fulfilled all expectations by scoring 9 goals combined, while Fabbrini and Kike 7 altogether, which amounts to 16 goals.
Even on the pitch everybody can see that Boro’s attacking play has been terrific this season. It’s more energetic when pressing, especially Nugent who tirelessly chases down every ball. The three attacking midfielders constantly interchange between them and manage to confuse the opposition’s defence, which leaves enough space for the strikers to do their magic. They take most of their chances now, something that was desperately needed last season.
All the players with great attacking quality and having young and talented manager gives Boro a big opportunity to finally win a top-flight promotion, something that we have dreamt of since 2008/2009. The squad has enough depth, and all the players and the staff need is to manage their expectations, which they struggled with in the past. Is this Boro’s best chance for promotion or what? The quality and enthusiasm are there, so what more is needed?