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3 issues Neil Warnock has to fix at Middlesbrough this summer

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Towards the end of the 2019/2020 season, Middlesbrough fans would have, and rightfully so, started to feel a little nervy with the club’s league position.

Having started the season with Jonathan Woodgate in charge, Boro struggled, picking up just four wins in the league up until the mid-way point in December.

A change in form saw them perform much better and go four games unbeaten heading into the new year, however, results would take a turn for the worse once more after January 1st when they went 10 games without a single win.

With the pandemic causing a halt in play, Woodgate’s position in charge was up for debate and his sacking in June saw the much experienced Neil Warnock come in and replace him.

Four wins and four defeats saw mixed fortunes for Warnock, who will now look to improve things over the summer months having helped Boro survive.

With that in mind, we have looked into THREE things that the 71-year-old should look to fix….

A consistent goalscorer in attack

Whilst Ashley Fletcher had a moderately good season for Middlesbrough, netting 13 goals in all competitions with 11 of those coming in the league, and Britt Assombalonga netted the same amount, the strike duo had little help from elsewhere in terms of goalscoring.

The lowest scorers in the Championship this term with 48 goals, Boro must look to improve attacking wise and that could mean that Warnock looks to bring in a guaranteed goalscorer.

A new goalscorer may not be the only option though as both Fletcher and Assombalonga are both talented enough to find the back of net and double those figures of this season.

Therefore, Warnock needs to come sort of plan to address the other attacking options, including wide-men, in his team.

Improved form at home

The Riverside stadium saw just six home wins this season, resulting in eight draws and nine defeats with four of those coming in the final four home ties of the season.

Warnock will be keen to make the 34,742 capacity stadium a fortress but that will take some time, especially with no fans.

Better defensive record

Defensively, Boro have been awful. Despite having the likes of Daniel Ayala, Ryan Shotton and George Friend in their ranks, goals have simply leaked in far to often.

61 goals were conceded during the Championship season with the club keeping just a handful of clean sheets.

Warnock will be keen to add some much needed security and aggression to his back-line, but with so much work to do this summer, the much experienced coach may need patience from the fans, players and ultimately – the people upstairs.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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