Middlesbrough have been handed a huge blow with the news that Paddy McNair will miss the next three games through suspension.
The midfielder received a red card during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against Swansea City.
Jonathan Woodgate was unhappy with the decision to send off the Northern Ireland international and signalled his intent to lodge an appeal to the FA regarding his red card.
But after considering the matter, Middlesbrough confirmed that the original charge had been upheld following his dismissal.
That means that McNair will miss the fixtures against Stoke City, Huddersfield and West Brom.
The absence of the midfielder is set to be a huge blow for Jonathan Woodgate’s side based on his performances so far this term.
We take a look at the areas where Middlesbrough will miss him most.
He’s been one of Middlesbrough’s most influential players this term, meaning that Paddy McNair’s suspension will be a real blow.
The midfielder has made 21 appearances so far this term, but it’s impact in the middle of the park which has made him stand out from the rest.
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McNair boasts a pass accuracy of 79.2%, something which is even more impressive given his record for forward passes.
The 24-year-old has found a teammate 66.1% of the team when playing the ball forward, showcasing the positive influence that he has on Jonathan Woodgate’s side.
Add into that an average of 2.83 interceptions per game and a defensive duel success rate of 47.7%, and you start to see just why Paddy McNair has been such a positive influence for Middlesbrough.