I'm only interested in judging Players in a Boro shirt. I couldn't give a stuff what any of them used to do or go on to do elsewhere. NML isn't fit, he doesn't look fit, he isn't mentally match sharp and looks well off the pace.
Currently he offers little and is only marginally more effective than Britt. We can't carry two passengers at this level. Harsh truth is he isn't an upgrade on Spence, he might come good at some point and go on to be great but I don't want it to be at our expense for where we are and for what we need right now. I also fear that we will have to indulge a half fit Bolaise at some point in the near future.
They have to actually be a good manager at the same time though. Quite hard to find good managers that play good football that are willing to manage in this league. So more often then not they would have to come from abroad. Do we think Gibson is willing to go abroad again?
Personally I don’t mind Warnock being here next season, as I really think we will be more competitive with players like Kebano and Bolasie having a full season. (I know leave at end of season, but hopefully they rejoin us, especially Kebano).
However, at the same time, I’m happy for the club to change things, as long as it is a good appointment which makes sense.
I am of the strong opinion though, that the grass isn’t always greener, and I fear that if we change manager, we will probably end up changing manager again come the summer, after the ‘transition’ season doesn’t work. Are we better off with Warnock, for one final season, to let him build on the foundations he has created this season, albeit under crap football, to make one last push for promotion? Or is it worth the risk of potentially going back to square one and changing manager, but with the hope that we play nice football and get results at the same time? Ultimately it’s Gibson choice.
You don't like him much, do you? 🙂
Serious point though, Akpom is the only out and out striker contracted to the club beyond this season, so he should be the one playing now in my opinion. Need to get him up and running somehow, we won't do that by sitting him on the bench.