Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hitman Kris Has to Battle for His Place

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hitman Kris Has to Battle for His Place

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KRIS Boyd may be Boro's star player - but he'll have to fight for his place along with everybody else.

His failure to win a place in the starting line-up at Swansea - despite having scored at Scunthorpe in midweek - is an indication that Tony Mowbray will be picking his team based on game plans rather than individuals.

The fact that Boyd was one of three players left out from the side which won at Scunthorpe - the others being Julio Arca and Tarmo Kink - shows that the Boro boss is still experimenting with his line-up.

Naturally Boyd has good reason to be frustrated over having to settle for the last three minutes of the action at the Liberty Stadium. He's currently Boro's top scorer, and his record of four goals in his last eight starts stands taller than the achievements of the other strikers.

Boyd's work rate has already been called into question by Mowbray, though the Boro boss accepts that it doesn't mean he is a poor striker.

In fact Mogga admits Boyd will score plenty of goals in this division, given the opportunities. …

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