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The Middlesbrough dilemmas Neil Warnock will be facing ahead of today’s 3pm kick-off v Brentford

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Middlesbrough face a difficult test as they welcome Brentford to the Riverside Stadium this afternoon.

The Teessiders endured a mixed January on the pitch after losing four of their seven matches in all competitions during the month.

However with a flurry of new signings to pick from it seems that the clash with the Bees could be the start of a crucial run of games as the Teessiders look to push for the top six.

That said, getting a result against Thomas Frank’s side will be hard going.

Here are some of the dilemmas that Neil Warnock is facing ahead of the Brentford clash.

Replacing Dael Fry

The central defender is a big doubt for the clash with Brentford after hobbling off against Norwich City last week.

If the 23-year-old does sit out then Neil Warnock will need to choose the right man to deputise at the heart of the defence.

Darnell Fisher, Marc Bola and Jonny Howson are all options to slot into the role, however the returning Grant Hall has been tipped as a contender to slot back in as he works his way back to fitness.

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Break up the midfield trio?

Jonny Howson, George Saville and Sam Morsy have been virtual ever-presents in the middle of the park, but new signings mean new options for Neil Warnock.

Neeskens Kebano has played his best football in a central attacking midfield role and so it’ll be interesting to see if he will slot into the middle of the park to provide a more offensive threat.

That’s something that we’re likely to see over the coming weeks, but perhaps against a team like Brentford the more conservative option is the best one.

So many attacking options

It feels weird writing this as a dilemma for Neil Warnock – after all, fans have been waiting for this problem for a long time.

New signings such as Neeskens Kebano, Yannick Bolasie and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing are all contenders to join Middlesbrough’s attacking line-up, while the return of Ashley Fletcher means that Neil Warnock nearly has a full attacking roster to pick from.

It’s an excellent problem for Warnock to have and he’ll surely be boosted in the knowledge that he’ll have a wealth of game-changing options on his bench.


North East-based EFL writer and aspiring author

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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