Boro v Leeds and Leeds and Transfer Window Cleaning
By Robert Nichols
Friday 31 Aug 2018 12:57:00
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The final day of the loan transfer window and also a little matter of a Boro match at Leeds to play. It is all happening at Boro with Ins and Outs and hopefully not too much disruption for Tony Pulis plans for what is looking to be the match of the season so far. A head to head between the two form horses out up front in the promotion race. And of course then throw in the fact it is always a red and white hot fixture, Boro v Leeds United. Frantic Friday or what?

Yesterday Boro brought in Sam McQueen, a young Southampton Academy graduate, with 20 games experience in the Premier League playing down the left flank already under his belt. Sam should give us much needed cover and competition down one side of the field.

Highly promising young Luxembourg defender Enes Mahmutovic has gone out on loan to Yeovil. A similar loan spell did Lewis Wing no end of good last season.

Today Boro seem to be moving in on other targets. If Jason Puncheon agrees a loan move that could be a fantastic reinforcement to our forward options. The 32 year old is a proven terroriser of Championship defences and would give us more cutting edge all the more urgently needed if Martin Braithwaite pushes through his requested move to Spain. After scoring three goals and making such an impact, Braithwaite's, late, late push for a move is really bad news. Can we talk him into staying? Do we event want to talk him into staying?

George Saville would be a top signing from Millwall. The Northern Ireland international is a real hustling, bustling box to box player and would surely add much needed goals from midfield. Alongside Howson and Besic we could have a real Duracell midfield that will burn off the opposition.

Marvin Johnson seems to have rediscovered some form of late and so attracted an offer from Hull City, a loan could turn into a permanent move in January. But he is surely one we would only release if replaced in the squad. De Start looks to be on his way back to Belgium, sadly it never worked out here for him.

Anyway, all that and Leeds too. No little matter this. The team from Yorkshire have been transformed under former Argentina manager, Marcelo Bielsa. They have been taking teams apart left, right and centre. They ripped pre-season favourites Stoke apart in the first weekend.

When their players are not picking up litter they are working in double sessions on the training ground. They are fast, direct and have proven deadly in front of goal. Leeds will be the first team we have met this season that will match us for fitness. Will they match us for finesse?

Boro take on Leeds at 7.45pm at what is certain to be a rocking Elland Road. The game of the season so far, without a shadow of a doubt. No place for the feint hearted. It will be fraught and hard fought and it could just be a thriller and if Boro were to win it will be a classic. Fingers and everything else crossed that Boro can pull off a very rare away victory at Leeds and Leeds and Leeds and Leeds.

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