Tony Pulis is not a popular man on Teesside, with his team have losing six of their previous seven Championship fixtures to slip out of the play-off positions.
One of the many criticisms that the Welshman has received is his reluctance to play Marcus Tavernier, the younger brother of James, who captains Rangers.
Marcus is 20 and clearly has a lot of potential but he has only started two games in the Championship for Boro which, considering their troubles, suggests Pulis does not trust the England Under 21 international.
His recent quotes in which he describes Tavernier as “lackadaisical” appear to back up this view.
The younger Tavernier brother has made 17 appearances for Boro during the current campaign, scoring four goals.
Boro fans though are crying out for some creativity and reacted very angrily to Pulis’ latest comments prior to the win against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.
Play him ahead of your love child downing then, at least the kid is capable of creating and scoring a few goals.
— Boro Knicks (@BoroKnicks) April 9, 2019
Didn’t he come off the bench and score in his last game? He’s probably “lackadaisical” because he knows he could get a get trick and not play again for a month. Awful management.
— | ᑕᕼᖇIᔕTOᑭᕼEᖇ ᖇEᗪᗰᗩYᑎE | (@chrisredmayne) April 9, 2019
Honest to God, you pick the team Tony!!! He was our best player for a 3 game stretch then for no reason you dropped him from the squad! You have no idea what you’re doing and it’s time you went before this damage is irreversible!!
— Chris (@Chris17h87) April 9, 2019
If he’s that good Tony, then why not play him and give him experience. What we got to lose now!!
— Andrew Lonsdale (@AndrewLonsdal16) April 9, 2019
I cant believe this guy. I’m sure he is lackadaisical when hes spent Saturday sat on the bench while we have lost games. Also imagine turning out for England and coming back to boro on a high just to see Tony pulis.
— RobWinn | Vital Information Necessary CENTralize (@CaravanRob) April 9, 2019
You’ve played Johnny howson,
Assombalonga, fletcher and McNair In wide midfield roles over tav this season.
The only reason he hasn’t played more is your pre historic tactics
— David Tait (@davetait1981) April 9, 2019