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Middlesbrough set for key player changes as Neil Warnock stamps authority

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Neil Warnock has suggested he is set to do things his own way as he looks to guide Middlesbrough back to winning ways tonight.

Boro go into tonight’s clash with Sheffield United having lost three of their last four games, winning only once in their last seven matches.

The pressure is somewhat building on Warnock, and he will be desperate to guide his side back to winning ways tonight.

Warnock has spoken this week about Martin Payero and his slow start to life in England, admitting that he is still unsure on where is best to play the Argentine.

Another recruit from overseas, James Lea-Siliki, has also struggled to impress. The midfielder has made only two starts in the league so far, with the manager admitting that he is “nowhere near fit enough”.

Speaking to the Northern Echo, Warnock suggested that he is set to do things his own way ahead of tonight’s clash with the Blades, with his comments also suggesting that both Payero and Lea-Siliki are set to miss out.

He said: “I think I’ve just got to pick what I think is my best team now, and not worry about anything else.

“I think I’ve probably worried too much about getting people fit, but I don’t think I should do that anymore now. I think I should just pick my team and if people get fit, great, if they don’t, they won’t get in the team.

“I made up my mind what my team was going to be about five o’clock on Sunday morning. I made up my mind which way I was going to go. I told my two assistants that was the way I was going to go and they wouldn’t change my mind, and they haven’t done.”

The Verdict

Warnock never shies away from telling the truth, but you have to admit that his comments are somewhat concerning from a Boro perspective.

The club tried to do something different in the summer as they went overseas and recruited from abroad.

But it seems as if a lack of research has gone into these signings, after admitting that he doesn’t know where Payero’s best position is.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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