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27-year-old must surely be concerned with start to life at Middlesbrough



There was a lot of hype surrounding the loan signing of Rajiv van La Parra to Middlesbrough at the end of January.

Tony Pulis had failed to replace Adama Traore after his move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer and had to wait until the new year to try and replace the rapid wide man.

Traore played a prominent role in Boro’s accent to the play-offs last season despite missing out in the semi-final over two legs to Aston Villa.

But the 27-year-old’s initial performances have not been to the standard many would have hoped.

And that must be cause for concern for the winger.

Huddersfield Town is the Dutchman’s parent club and having made five appearances from the start for the Premier League side before his move to the Championship; he has failed to start in the league for the Riverside outfit.

Three substitute appearances for van La Parra in the league is all he has been afforded to him since the move from Yorkshire up to Teesside.

The winger must be feeling down that the spell has so far failed and is not getting the required chances to change the perception of his underwhelming spell at the Riverside so far.

He must be thinking what can he do to adapt and get into a groove at Boro to be able to reignite his form and help improve the club’s indifferent results.

There is a case to argue that the tactics deployed by Pulis are not conducive to van La Parra hitting top form.

But any top professional should be able to adapt and get involved in how a club plays and look to do the best they can.

Boro’s loanee has had a quiet start at the Riverside, and he must be thinking the worst being unable to get a sustained run in the side to improve his individual form – but then it is down to him to make Pulis stand up and be forced to pick him.

But when a player is not playing, confidence drains rapidly, and that could have had an effect on him being able to show his best.

The Huddersfield loanee needs to push past this and do his best to improve on a pretty mediocre start to his Boro career at present.

ScoopDragon Football News Network