Some people via the social network, have accused me of showing no interest In our pre season games and our summer signings.Regarding friendly games and that’s all the are, the results are not important and are designed for the players to get their fitness levels up, polish their first touch and to get to know your new team mates.
With 7 days to the big kick off I suppose it’s time to get involved.
While writing this post I’m sitting in a outdoor cafe watching a speed boat race taking place the F1H2O on the Rio Douro, while sipping a bottle of mineral water called Luso. The resort is in Porto, Portugal, where of course Atior Karankas mentor Jose Mourinho managed.
Since Atior took over the hot seat at The Riverside Jose has given us a host of loan signings with the most productive being Patrick Bamford who was last seasons top scorer and player of the year. Up until now we only have one signing from Chelsea Tomas Kalas. Lets hope there is more to follow.
So what have I made of the summer signings?
When we signed Stu Downing my gut instinct was that is a statement of intent from our club. I have always been a fan of Stu he very seldom gives the ball away, he is a good crosser of the ball, he creates things and chips In with a few goals. Was I surprised we got him, without a doubt for me he is good enough to still be playing in the Premier league. Last seasons displays at West Ham proved that irrespective of where he played he put in a shift and caught the eye. He is very seldom injured, England international, vastly experienced and a excellent role model.
Jonathan Woodgate if I’m being brutally honest I’m very surprised that Woody has been given another contract I’m sure Woody is himself. When he plays he is top drawer elegant,stylish and he cruises through games at this level. But unfortunately as predicted when we signed him he hasn’t played enough,nine appearances last season confirmed that. The manager has been quoted as saying that he is important in the dressing room, a good person and a good lad.The manager obviously sees something other than his football too reward him with a new contract.
Alex Baptiste had the worst possible start getting a bad injury against York, I can only wish him well and lets hope he has a speedy recovery.
Tomas Kalas is a steady away defender, reads the game well and has good engines.
Diego Fabbrini the Italian under twenty one midfielder has sampled life in the championship and has yet to set the heather alight, lets hope he ignites his career here at Boro.
Christian Stuani I’m excited to see the Uruguay international at twenty eight years of age he is at the peak of his career,he is vastly experienced and hopefully he will bring more goals to the team.
Jordan Rhodes for me would be a terrific signing he has got the goal scoring pedigree we require. I hear people questioning his price tag but I’m confident if we got him that he would be more successful than twelve million pound signing Afonso Alves and eight million pound signing Massimo Maccarone. Rhodes for me would certainly fill the void left by Bamford.
For me we need two more strikers and this is easier said than done. Last season our lack of fire power was costly, we can’t allow this to happen again this season.
Speculation is rife regarding Lee Tomlins departure I would personally be sad to see him go.
Good luck to all at Middlesbrough Football Club and the fans lets hope we have a great season.