11 games into the new season and Middlesbrough are showing they may just have enough about themselves to stay in the Premier League, much to the delight of the Boro faithful propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern.
Boro have played some tidy football under Aitor Karanka and are starting to find some defensive solidity as well, having conceded only one goal in their last three games and holding Manchester City at the Etihad last time out.
Having a strong backline is essential in the Premier League – just looked at how many points it is winning for Burnley – but Boro will struggle unless they find some goals soon.
Their top scorer is Cristian Stuani with just three strikes – two of those coming against Sunderland. The Uruguayan is often hit and miss and scores in spurts however, frustrating fans in the Tavern.
Alvaro Negredo has played well but seems to be creating more than he’s scoring with Karanka desperate for someone to put those chances away.
With that in mind, here are FOUR players we think can do the job.
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