Middlesbrough have today announced that winger Marcus Tavernier has joined MK Dons on loan until the end of the season.
The 18-year old enjoyed a real breakthrough earlier in the campaign under Garry Monk, initially starring in the Carabao Cup.
Following a string of impressive performances, the youngster was rewarded with a spell in the first-team and scored the winner against local rivals Sunderland back in November.
His speed and direct style became an instant hit with the Boro crowd.
Since playing almost an hour against Leeds in the following game, Tavernier has found his opportunities restricted in the first-team and hasn’t made the squad since Tony Pulis was appointed Boro boss.
Therefore, the club revealed on their website this afternoon that the England U19 international would now be linking up with MK Dons in League One in order to continue his development.
Robbie Nielson’s men are currently 19th in the table and have endured a fairly disappointing campaign.
Tavernier has signed in time to be registered for Saturday’s game with the Dons, which will see them travel to Northampton.
Marcus Tavernier has made a big impression at Middlesbrough this season and the initial reaction of fans may be disappointment that he is now out of the picture.
However, Pulis is trying to quickly work out who he needs and Boro do have a lot of senior attacking options in that position, and he clearly wants to go with them.
Whether that’s the right call is debatable but if he’s not going to play for Boro it’s best he moves on. MK Dons is a good club for him and it allows Tavernier the chance to get regular game time which is vital.
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