Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time to Fine-Tune the Engine Room

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time to Fine-Tune the Engine Room

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A strong midfield the key to future success

Boro have made some progress this season - but we must bring in new faces next term if we want to keep moving forwards.

For starters, we must have a goalscoring midfielder.

And if Geremi doesn't come back, we'll need two goalscoring midfielders.

You only have to look at the statistics of the successful teams.

They don't just rely on strikers to score goals; they get goals from midfield as well.

And it's not just goals that we've been lacking. We need more creativity as well.

I keep saying it, but it's all about end product, and not just energy.

If I worked hard writing this column, and the editor didn't use it in the Evening Gazette, then all my efforts would have come to nothing.

It's the same in football, especially in the modern game.

Apart from Geremi, we haven't been productive enough and it must be sorted out.

I didn't give a man of the match on Sunday, but I noticed that Doriva was picked out by the Gazette.

I can see why, because Doriva came on and did well.

He is a good tackler, he has a bit of bite, and he distributes the ball well.

Doriva is also looking to have a dig at goal whenever he can.

He hasn't come anywhere near goal yet, but I like to see players having a go.

They tell me he has been offered a deal to stay here. I hope that he does, because he will be useful next season.

I don't think he's been stunningly brilliant, but he's looked the part.

Boro's second-half performance at Bolton will have given Steve McClaren a few things to think about, especially as we had been poor in the first half.

The gaffer made changes at half-time and the team did better in the second half.

Ricketts frightened Bolton to death and I thought he took his goal really well.

I was delighted for the lad because it means that he can enjoy the summer. …

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