Middlesbrough have been hugely impressive in recent times as they’ve gone their unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions.
Boro currently find themselves sitting inside the play-off places quite comfortably, and they could even challenge for an automatic place as West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City are just four points ahead.
Tony Pulis has already secured the services of Rajiv Van La Parra on loan this month and a number of the Welshman’s summer signings have already had a positive impact on proceedings.
However, one player in particular who hasn’t enjoyed a successful time of things at the Riverside Stadium is former Sunderland man, Paddy McNair. The Northern Ireland international joined Middlesbrough back in the summer transfer window in a deal which could see his fee rise to £5 million.
Sadly, the 23-year-old has struggled to have any kind of positive impact in the current campaign as he continues to live life on the substitutes’ bench at the Riverside Stadium. He has managed to feature in 15 games in all competitions for Boro this season, but he is a long way off repaying the club for the £5 million fee.
The versatile Irishman has featured at right midfield, in the heart of the midfield, at right back and as a central defender this season, but his performances just haven’t warranted a regular place in the side. He is a long way off the thriving player he once was at the Stadium of Light last season, with consistency and quality lacking massively.
Indeed, the versatile player often gives the ball away and gets caught in possession. After witnessing his performances in the current campaign, he is a low-level Championship or League One player at best.
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