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Middlesbrough: Tavernier will put spark back into Boro’s season

Middlesbrough: Tavernier will put spark back into Boro’s season

Tony Pulis has made some bizarre decisions during Boro’s current slump, and has often looked devoid of ideas of how to get back into a game from a losing position.

Strange then, to hear him singing the praises of one of the Teesside club’s rising stars, and lament how he has deserved more playing time and how he will become a Premier League player, yet continuously overlook him game after game.

The player in question, 20-year-old Marcus Tavernier, has all the attributes the side have been lacking in recent weeks.

Speaking to Teesside Live about the player, Pulis said: “If I’ve got a bit of a disappointment it’s that Tav hasn’t had as many games as he deserves.

“He’s going to be a top player. He’ll eventually play in the Premier League.”

He has a creative eye, pace in abundance, and the enthusiasm of youth. All these traits, along with the added incentive of wanting to impress the manager, makes it all the more amazing that the player has managed just a handful of minutes — mainly in cameo roles — since the turn of the year.

In fact, he scored for Boro’ in his last league appearance in which he was given time to influence a game, when he was brought off the bench with 29 minutes remaining against Ipswich in December.

His reward was to remain unused on the bench for the next two games before being left out of the squad completely.

He made no more appearances until February, but, even then, has only been on the pitch for a total of 33 minutes throughout 2019.

It is staggering, in the current woeful form, that Pulis has not given Tavernier a chance, and if he wants things to improve, then he must consider giving the youngster the opportunity he has been patiently waiting for.

If Pulis’ days in the Boro’ hot-seat are numbered, surely he should be at least wanting to try new things that might see Boro’ out of their slump.

The one thing that he would get from playing Tavernier, would be an energetic display, and the youngster would have the full support of the Boro’ fans behind him.

If nothing else, it would show that the manager is trying new ideas to rectify the situation.

As it is, he is often seen to be just plodding along, week after week, seemingly without the nous or ability to do anything different.

Would you give Tavernier a chance in your starting lineup at Bolton tonight, Boro’ fans? Let us know your opinion below…

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