Middlesbrough’s disappointing season continued on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat away to Millwall that leaves Garry Monk’s men in 10th position.
The pre-season promotion favourites are five points away from the play-offs and the pressure is seriously building on the former Leeds boss.
Monk has failed to find the right formula with the players and has regularly made changes to his side. One man currently out of the picture is midfielder Adam Clayton, who was so influential when Boro won promotion from the Championship under Aitor Karanka two years ago.
The 28-year old has featured in just one game since October and hasn’t even made the bench for the past two games.
So, given Boro’s struggles, is it time to bring Clayton back?
We take a look…
Clayton was a regular for the club in the Premier League last year, so it seems absurd he can hardly get on the pitch in the second tier.
Clayton is a player who performs with his heart on his sleeve, and that is what struggling Boro need right now. Monk has been reluctant to take gambles this season and it is severely costing him, but must place his faith in the midfielder to add bite and desire to the middle of the park this weekend.
I think so.
He has left the midfielder out and it hasn’t worked so it’s time to swallow some pride.
Clayton would give Boro more fight in midfield and that would help halt this slide they are on.
Monk needs to change something at the Riverside Stadium, and personally, I’m surprised to see Clayton not playing more football for Middlesbrough this season.
The midfielder has a wealth of Championship experience, and was part of the Middlesbrough squad that achieved promotion two years ago.
Things need to change quickly, with time running out for Monk, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Clayton reintroduced this weekend.
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