Middlesbrough have been flying high at the summit of the SkyBet Championship and are firmly on course for a first Premier League return since 2009.
Boasting one of the best home records and meanest defences in the division, pre-season promotion favourites Boro have arguably been the team to beat since a ball was first kicked in August.
Optimism is high around the Riverside Stadium that head coach Aitor Karanka can guide the Teesside club back into the top-flight and go one better than last season, after Norwich City ended their hopes in the Wembley play-off final.
A talented squad of players was further strengthened by the January arrivals of Gaston Ramirez and Jordan Rhodes, but some of Boro’s recruitment in recent times has been rather questionable.
Football League World writer Adam Higgins identifies FIVE current Middlesbrough players that the club should never have signed…
PRESS THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE THE FIVE PLAYERS!