Premiership Season Preview 2006/07 – Middlesbrough

Write-up by David Walker


Odds: 500/one

Final Five Seasons2005/06 – 14 (Premiership), 2004/05 – 7 (Premiership), 2003/04 – 11 (Premiership), 2002/03 – 11 (Premiership), 2001/02 – 12 (Premiership).

2005/06 Cup ProgressUEFA Cup Last vs Sevilla (n) – misplaced four-.FA Cup Semi Last vs West Ham United (n) – misplaced one-.Carling Cup Quarter Final vs Blackburn Rovers (h) – lost one-.

Best Target Scorer 2005/06: Yakubu (striker) – 19 goals.

Players InJulio Arca (Sunderland – £1,750,000), Herold Goulon (Lyon – Undisclosed).

Players OutJimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink (Charlton Athletic – Free of charge), Franck Queudrue (Fulham – Free of charge), Brad Jones (Sheffield Wednesday – Loan), Danny Graham (Blackpool – Mortgage), Doriva (Released), Colin Cooper (Introduced).

Middlesbrough’s league kind endured very last time due to their involvement in the later stages of numerous cup competitions, like producing the ultimate of the UEFA Cup wherever they misplaced out to Spanish outfit Sevilla.

The Boro will start the new campaign beneath new management, with veteran defender Gareth Southgate taking more than in spot of Steve McClaren, who became the new England supervisor at the stop of Sven Goran Eriksson’s tenure.Southgate stamped his authority on the team quickly by appointing George Boateng as captain following the Dutch midfielder’s choice to indicator a new 3 year deal in the summer time. He also showed there would be no “previous pals act” when he took the choice to release veteran duo Doriva and Colin Cooper, although also not supplying Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink a new contract.

Defender Chris Riggott showed his help for Southgate’s appointment by signing a new four yr contract soon after creating himself as a normal starter final time. He arrived from Derby County in a joint £3 million deal with Malcom Christie in 2003 and even wore the captain’s armband sometimes very last phrase

Middlesbrough beat off curiosity in Espanyol to sign midfielder Julio Arca from rivals Sunderland for £1.75 million. Arca joined the Black Cats from Argentinos Juniors six a long time in the past for £3.five million and created 177 appearances for the club.

Teenage Lyon midfielder Herold Goulon joined the club on a three 12 months deal following 3 a long time at the French National Football Academy in Clarefontaine while the club are also interested in bringing Chelsea defender Robert Huth to the club on an original loan offer. Despite speculation linking him with moves to equally Arsenal and Manchester United, previous season’s top target scorer Yakubu is nonetheless at the club.

VerdictWith no involvement in Europe next time, rookie manager Southgate can focus exclusively on the Premiership and attempt to emulate the seventh positioned complete of two seasons in the past.

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