Middlesbrough face their third game in a week as they travel to take on Huddersfield Town this afternoon.
The Teessiders have made an excellent start to the new season and find themselves firmly in contention for a top six finish come the end of the campaign.
But if they’re to do that then they’ll need to keep picking up points.
A 3-0 victory over Derby County midweek will ensure that confidence is high going into the clash at the John Smith’s Stadium, but there’s no doubt that Neil Warnock has some big decisions to make.
So who could start for Middlesbrough? We look at two of the changes that Warnock might consider.
Resting Paddy McNair
It’s a decision that would be made through necessity rather than choice.
McNair has been an ever-present for Neil Warnock so far this season but given his status as a core player for Northern Ireland it’s given the versatile star precious little time for recovery.
While others were resting during the international break he was playing three games for his country.
McNair’s determination to play in each game is admirable, but sooner or later Warnock will need to give him a rest otherwise he risks causing him an injury.
Middlesbrough fans would certainly prefer to rest him for one game than lose him for a matter of weeks or months, and given the intensity of the upcoming schedule it seems that today’s clash could be a good chance to let him put his feet up.
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Recalling Marvin Johnson
Few could argue with the performance that the left-sided player put in when introduced against Derby County.
His pace, energy and work rate was second-to-none, and his goal was nothing short of splendid – that’s why a recall to the starting XI could be on the cards.
Middlesbrough played Patrick Roberts and Duncan Watmore on the flanks against Derby, but with neither player yet fully fit it’s unlikely that both will start the clash with the Terriers.
Given that Johnson’s confidence will be sky high it seems like the perfect chance to bring him back in and manage the gametime of Roberts and Watmore.
After all, Johnson will be determined to pick up where he left off against the Rams.