Boro will have their sights set on challenging for an automatic promotion place, but this will only be achieved if they manage to enjoy a very strong finish to the current campaign.
Interestingly, Middlesbrough will travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers later on today in their next Championship fixture. Rovers haven’t exactly been at their best in recent times as they continue to struggle with consistency, so Tony Pulis will expect nothing less than three points.
With that being said, Pulis must make these TWO decisions prior to kick-off at Ewood Park if his side are to dominate Blackburn today…
JORDAN HUGILL OUT
Jordan Hugill, who is valued at £7.2 million (by Transfermarkt), has impressed at times after joining on loan from Premier League side West Ham United back in the summer transfer window, but he just hasn’t quite been able to hit top form just yet.
Indeed, the Englishman has managed to produce a respectable seven goals in all competitions, but he wasn’t quite at his best against Leeds or Sheffield United, despite working his socks off, as he lacked quality in the final third.
So, with a very physical Blackburn side coming up later on today, it makes sense for Pulis to bench the forward.
BRITT ASSOMBALONGA TO START
Britt Assombalonga has been the standout attacker for Boro in the Championship this season, with nine goals to his name at this moment in time. The forward has managed to score three goals in his last five league appearances, despite not starting in any of those games, so it’s clear to see that he can offer something special at the pinnacle of the attack.
Assombalonga’s strength and power could prove crucial later on today as he has the ability to hold up the ball for onrushing attackers, which will help the likes of Lewis Wing and Jonny Howson get into promising positions.