Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph was hailed as the best in his position in the Championship by his manager Jonathan Woodgate after the 1-0 win at Reading on Saturday, as reported by Teesside Live.
The Republic of Ireland international has now started 101 consecutive league games for ‘Boro, reaching the century against Bristol City at the end of August, and Teesside Live writer Dominic Shaw named him among the best signings the club have made in the last 10 years.
Is Darren Randolph the best goalkeeper Boro have had in recent history?
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Randolph made no fewer than seven saves against Reading (via WhoScored) last weekend, with Middlesbrough defender Ryan Shotton subsequently telling Teesside Live: “Everybody was kissing Darren on the head in the changing room after the final whistle because we know how important he is.”
The goalkeeper has made 105 appearances in total for ‘Boro, conceding just 98 goals (0.93 per game) and keeping 39 clean sheets (37.14% of appearances), while Woodgate’s claims about him being the best goalkeeper in the division have the added weight of him being named in the Championship Team of the Season for 2018/19.
Certainly is for me. His distribution let’s him down (which I am glad about), meaning PL clubs won’t come sniffing as they all try to play out from the back and that is a weakness. Everything else massively top drawer. One Worldy a game seems to be normal. Love him.
— Believe in Boro (@nickimpactus) September 16, 2019
Best since Schwarzer, certainly. Valdes was not at his best for us, certainly not consistently. Is Randolph as good as Schwarzer? Hard to judge… Different divisions. Would like to find out next season in the Premier… 😉
— Jonathan Hodgson (@JEHodgsonUK) September 16, 2019
100 % he's been the most consistent since Stephen pears and he's possibly the most agile and confident we have had at the club. Even with the height loss to the biggest shot stoppers hes not poor in the air he's great at clearing his lines with good punching technique
— Bassplugger1973 (@boobsandbigfoot) September 16, 2019
I would have him as the best we have had since Steve Pears in the season he got an England call up. Very similar strengths to Pears and similar build. Schwarzer was an excellent keeper also but didn’t have the shot stopping natural ability of Randolph.
— Steve (@wallsendredicko) September 16, 2019
Pears, Randolph, Platt & Schwarzer in that order.
— Michael Poole (@flinephantom) September 16, 2019
If he stays with Boro as long as Schwarzer did! Then he is 100% on the right track
— Cockney****UTB (@Borolad12345) September 17, 2019
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