Middlesborough: Rumours and Potential
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 17, 2016
After a seven years absence, Middlesborough return to the Premier League. In doing so, they see their North-East rivals Newcastle United go in the opposite direction to the Championship. Boro scrapped into the top division with a 1-1 draw with Brighton which saw them promoted on goal difference. They have longed for the glory days which at one point saw them runners up in the UEFA cup and finishing 7th in the 04-05 season.
They return to the Premiership with plenty of experience in their ranks. The likes of David Nugent, Stewart Downing and their inspirational captain Grant Leadbitter have all played in the top league before. This experience will be vital to their survival. However, they will be without their captain for the start of the season due to injury. But Aitor Karanka may be looking higher than simply surviving. Karanka has contacts inside and out of the Premier Leagues, he has a deep Spanish connection and this reflects in the way his team plays. Middlesborough play Stoke in their first game back in the Premiership at the Riverside Stadium. This first game will tell Karanka a lot about his squad and how they will fare as the season progresses.
The rumour mill has been spinning up in the North East. I would be extremely excited if I were a Boro fan. It is assumed that Alvaro Negredo will join at some point in the next few days. In his time with Manchester City he scored 23 goals in 48 appearances. He will provide strength and experience in the attacking areas. In addition, Middlesborough are linked with Neven Subotic. He has played under Jurgen Klopp and memorably cleared a ball off the line in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. It is suggested he will join for around the 8 million pound mark. Smart business for Boro. The big Serb at only 27 years of age, is still in the prime of his career.
Adnan Januzaj is the latest name to be link with the North East club. This would be a wise move for the young man. He has become lost in a super club. He burst on to the scene under David Moyes but has been out of favour since then. Aitor Karanka previously worked under Mourinho so the two have a close connection. This would make the transition easier for the young man.
The potential is, that Middlesborough could end up with a front four of Negredo, Rhodes, Downing and Januzaj. The future is bright for the boys in red.