Middlesbrough fans in the Transfer Tavern are thrilled to be back in the Premier League, even though they know that their place among the elite may only be short-lived.
The landlord here can remember a time when Boro were battling with the elites of Europe, with the Teessiders losing 4-0 in the UEFA Cup final to Sevilla 11 years ago. Their journey to the final is one of England’s fairy-tale stories, with Roma and Steaua Bucharest knocked out on their journey.
Since that defeat, the club have experienced a lot of ups and downs, with their last full campaign bringing them promotion to the top flight for the first time since their relegation in 2009.
It’s fair to say that they have had a plethora of decent players since their UEFA Cup exit when in and out of the top flight.
With that in mind let’s look at the best Starting XI that Boro could have fielded in the last 10 years…