Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

That's the Way to Do It

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

That's the Way to Do It

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BORO leathered limp Leeds with a semi-derby swagger to finally claw their way into the play-off places.

It was a polished and balanced display by a team that had a steely determination on the pitch that matched the resolve off it in the operation to get the game on.

Boro turned in one of their best shows since the promotion season and we have covered that in some depth. But here are a few things about the Leeds game Anthony Vickers noticed that didn't make the initial post-match analysis.

Adama's high-speed price hike When Adama Traore hits the afterburners and his fast-forward feet tear through a buffering defence the whirring sound you can hear is the digits clicking upwards on his pricetag, like a fuel pump on a football forecourt.

When Boro are on the box Sky should have a separate little graphic in the corner just for him, part heat map, part fee tracker. It would be fascinating to see how an outside observer stunned by his raw talent would translate his value.

We did a bit a few weeks back estimating his value and readers came to an average PS32m on the widget thing.

Now with added end product he is clearly a 'better' and more potent player. The fee whirred upwards as he wriggled down the flank and along the byline then crossed for Stewart Downing's early miss and then again as he surged almost from box-to-box to set up Patrick Bamford's second.

It is frightening to think what he could be and how much he could be worth to a big club that needs some match-winning magic.

Dodgy keeper When the ball was in the air and Felix Wiedwald flapped and fumbled and sent out almost visible ripples of panic across the box it was almost embarrassing.

The Leeds keeper was hand-overmouth awful. For Leeds fans that will have been 'watching through fingers' horror.

At times it was like he was channelling Brad Jones at Sunderland. Or Andy Dibble in his nightmare second spell.

That's not to take away anything from Boro's goals, they were all well engineered and neatly executed but the jitters and confusion - and at times open bickering - in the Leeds defence because of the fragility he transmitted must have made it far easier to slice through. …

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