Garry Monk has told the Northern Echo that winger Adama Traore was dropped for Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Barnsley after he missed the team bus.
The former Barcelona winger was missed as Boro went behind twice but escaped with a draw from a match they will feel they were well capable of winning.
Monk said: “You have to make decisions with a squad in terms of who travels and who doesn’t. Ryan Shotton was left out.
“In terms of Adama, he was late for the bus, and you can’t be late for the bus. We don’t accept that. That’s why he wasn’t in the squad.
“Those are the rules that every player and everyone has to abide by them. We were travelling, he missed the time, and that’s why he missed the trip.
“Like always, we deal with everything in house, but there are certain rules that the group have to follow. We’re very focused on them.
“They’re very important to us as a group, and the standards that we set, and if you don’t come up to those standards then you’re not involved in certain situations.
“Adama missed the bus and that’s why he wasn’t here. We’ll keep everything else in house, get back to work, and focus on the next game,” Monk concluded.
It was not the first time Traore has failed to cover himself in glory this season. The winger followed up a stunning performance against Bolton Wanderers where many felt he had got his mojo back after a summer where he looked set to leave, with a red card against Aston Villa.
There aren’t many managers around who emphasise the importance of the group as a collective as Garry Monk – it even became a running joke at Leeds about how often he would mention it in press conferences.
I can’t see many Boro fans having many objections to Monk trying to preserve old school values such as punctuality, pride in the shirt and togetherness and he has done exactly the right thing by leaving Traore out.
It just remains to be seen how much of an impact the issue has on Traore’s long term future at Boro.
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