Middlesbrough can still reach the promised land
Although Boro fans have endured a difficult time of things following their return to the Championship, they should be wary of sitting back and accepting that this is the level they should expect from their team.
OK, so Gordon Strachan hasn't led the club to anything approaching glory, but he is still in charge of a side capable of pushing on and challenging for a place back in the big time, and that includes this season, even if the Betfair Football predictions suggest otherwise.
Boro may be seven points off the pace when it comes to the play-off places at the moment, and a long way behind league leaders QPR, but the Championship play-off places are notorious for being an achievable target for any club which can put together a run of form. The Middlesbrough betting suggests they're in with a chance and if Boro fans are still sceptical, I would advise them to take a quick trip to Blackpool and hear it straight from the horse's mouth.
Although Boro may not have a squad that matches the one they used to boast in the Premier League, they have also now disposed of players such as Jeremie Aliadiere, who had been hindering the progress of some excellent youth prospects at the club, as well as costing the club a small fortune that it couldn't realistically continue paying.
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With this in mind, Boro's excellent football academy is one reason for fans to be excited for the future, with many young players expected to emerge from the academy in future years with the expectation that they will go on to star for Boro or, like Adam Johnson, move as part of big money deals that could see the club secure their long-term financial future.