Saturday, 16 July 2016

Newly Promoted Teams Insight - Part III - Middlesbrough

Last but not least, the final team team in my three part installment, Middlesbrough.

The Boro will make an overdue return to the top flight after seven years in the second tier. They secured promotion with a final day draw against promotion rivals Brighton.

For the upcoming season, Middlesbrough have made some interesting purchases in the transfer market with the likes of Valdes and Fischer. Therefore, I expect Middlesbrough to have a solid season in the Premier League, finishing around 14th.

Now onto the three players from Middlesbrough that I think are worth considering for your FPL team:

Jordan Rhodes (Forward)
The Scotland international made 13 starts and 5 sub appearances for them last season. He recorded 6 goals and 2 assists in the Championship for Boro despite only signing in January from Blackburn Rovers. Rhodes is an intelligent player who relies on his movement off the ball and the ability of his team mates to pick him out and provide the pass to fetch goals. However, a downside is Rhodes’ lack of pace that can lead to him being isolated as a lone striker. Compared to Burnley’s Andre Gray and Hull’s Abel Hernandez, Rhodes may not be the most desirable option for a budget forward but his major contribution to Middlesbrough’s attack makes him viable.

Albert Adomah (Midfielder)
He bagged 6 goals and 5 assists last season. Adomah is a pacey winger who can play on either flank and has been compared to Palace’s Yannick Bolasie. Adomah’s ability to get forward and beat his man makes him the best midfield option from Middlesbrough. However, like Bolasie, his form can dip at times. He is one to monitor, in that there is no doubt. I believe he could even be the perfect fourth/fifth midfielder for your FPL team depending on his price and subject to Middlesbrough not making any rival signings for his position.

Daniel Ayala (Defender)
The former Liverpool played regularly last season. He managed 3 goals and 1 assist. Ayala is strong in the air and equally effective on the ground, he averaged 6 clearances and almost 4 interceptions per appearance, which makes him a strong candidate for bonus points throughout the season. The two problems with picking Ayala are his injury concerns and his habit of picking up bookings. This was evident last season as he received seven bookings from his 35 appearances. Having said that, Middlesbrough have favourable opening fixtures and their strong chances of keeping clean sheets make Ayala more desirable than Burnley’s Michael Keane and Hull City’s Curtis Davies.

So there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed this series which also covered Hull and Burnley.

Guest written by: Mark Dinkha

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