Middlesbrough

4-3-3: This Middlesbrough XI will surely smash West Ham on Saturday

An indifferent run of results has seen a bit of insecurity creep amongst our resident Middlesbrough fans in the Transfer Tavern with their side just four points above the relegation zone going into this weekend’s game with West Ham.

The last two Premier League games have seen no goals scored but our landlord believes that the signing of Rudy Gestade from Aston Villa will take the goal burden of Alvaro Negrado – who has very much carried the goal scoring torch this season.

There is no doubt that Aitor Karanka will look to boost his squad with further signings this January transfer window but he will want some positive results to bolster their league position.

Boro’s last fixture against West Ham ended in a 1-1 draw which saw Christian Stauni’s goal cancelled out by a certain Dimitri Payet in a game marred by crowd arrests after the match.

The game at the Riverside at the weekend promises to be much different and if Karanka picks this XI, our landlord thinks they have every chance of a positive result…

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