Middlesbrough have endured a frustrating start to their Sky Bet Championship campaign under the guidance of Neil Warnock so far.
The North East outfit currently occupy 15th place in the league standings after 11 games played, underlining the great need for improvements at the Riverside Stadium.
This underwhelming start to the campaign stems from a summer in which Warnock oversaw a vast turnover of players as he attempts to get Middlesbrough a lot closer to their goal of competing for a top six place.
However as of yet, most of his newly signed additions have largely failed to have made a lasting impact in a red and white shirt, which means everyone connected with the club will be looking for an improvement in performance levels once the players return from the forthcoming international break.
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Here, we take everything into account and take a look at Boro’s best starting eleven based on what we’ve seen so far this season.
Joe Lumley has firmly established himself as the club’s number one choice between the sticks since making the move to the Riverside Stadium this summer.
Anfernee Dijksteel is certainly the first choice option at right back when fit and available, whilst Marc Bola on the left is a steady option, with Sol Bamba and Dael Fry providing a great mix of youth and experience at centre back.
Paddy McNair and Jonathan Howson tend to be the deeper lying midfielder’s of the three in the centre of the park, as this gives the team more of a defensive balance, whilst new signing Matt Crooks has largely acted as a number eight under Warnock, in order to provide support to the lone striker.
Duncan Watmore and Marcus Tavernier provide a lot of the attacking thrust in the side from the wings, with both players being capable of cutting inside onto their favoured foot alongside getting to the byline and whipping in a cross.
Lastly, Andraz Sporar gets the nod as the lone striker over Uche Ikpeazu, with the Sporting Lisbon loanee having made a largely positive impact since his arrival during the transfer window.