It’s been a solid if unspectacular start to life back in the Championship for Middlesbrough with them just outside the play-off places in ninth spot.
The men from the Riverside came into this campaign as one of the favourites for the title but there has been a natural adjustment period and that has kept them from streaking away.
For sure, though, they’ll be expected to flex their muscles before too long – particularly when you consider the value of their top two players – according to transfermarkt at least.
Indeed, Boro have a good squad and spent big in the window but it’s two players that were already at the club – Ben Gibson and Adama Traore – that share the spoils of being Boro’s most valuable asset at £7.2 million.
Gibson, of course, shone in the Premier League last season and so his valuation makes sense whilst Traore looks a real handful when he is on top form.
The winger, though, does have a consistency problem and so it makes you wonder just whether he is worth as much to Boro as their English defender?
Sure, he is a real threat and a provider of goals and assists when he’s bang at it but then he’ll go quiet and so until he can stamp that out, there’s a debate to be had as to whether he is as valuable as Gibson.
What do you think, Boro fans? If you could only have one who would it be? Let us know below!