Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

When Leicester sacked Claudio Ranieri some weeks ago, the attention of the millions across the world had shifted to the Foxes, who were floundering in the relegation zone at that time. The decision to bring the axe down on someone who won them the Premier League, achieving what has gone down as the greatest achievement in sports history, seemed contentious and attracted varying reactions from everyone even remotely associated with the game. Amidst all the struggles that Leicester were facing …
Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Games are coming thick and fast in the Premier League - as the competition edges towards the busier and more significant periods of the season. Spurs, who have been on a great run in recent weeks will host Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough in an important weekend when there is undoubted potential to make up some ground on some of the fellow top four clubs in the league. They will go into this fixture on the back of a rather dispiriting result …
Middlesbrough Need Goals, and Fast

Middlesbrough Need Goals, and Fast

It was at the start of this season that I wrote about Middlesbrough and how I felt they stood a good chance of staying up in their first season back in the Premier League after an extended hiatus. Well, here we are, now half way through the campaign and Boro stand in reasonable stead to do just that. Under Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough have had a respectable campaign thus far; they have been resolute defensively and tough to break down. At this mid-point, …
Should Tim Sherwood Get More Time?

Should Tim Sherwood Get More Time?

Tim Sherwood's had a very up and down career in football management to date. He would have seen his first full season in charge of Aston Villa as a chance to secure his reputation as a good manager, and after the business the club did in the summer, there was pressure on Sherwood to improve on last season's finish. However, the poor form towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign has continued and the club are sitting in 19th place …