Four reasons why Middlesborough should have done better this season
Middlesbrough’s poor form continued on Monday night as Steve Agnew’s side succumbed to yet another defeat at the hands of an also underachieving Arsenal.
It was another desperately poor performance from Arsenal, and Middlesborough will be kicking themselves that they once again left the Riverside pointless. Too often that has been the story this season for Boro: a result that did not match their performance. And ultimately it has been their downfall, as well as their obvious lack of prowess in front of goal.
After heavy investment in the summer, in which the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Marten De Roon, Viktor Fischer, Antonio Barragan and pacy former Barcelona winger Adama Traore joined the club, expenditure of nearly £25million and household names making their way to the North of England, Boro were looking more like a side who would challenge for Europe than relegation fodder.
Now the only side England’s top four divisions without a win in 2017, things haven’t quite gone to plan and with one manager down in Aitor Karanka, and currently six points adrift of safety, things are looking bleak at the Riverside.
To say they have underachieved would be somewhat of an understatement. Here are four reasons why Middlesbrough should have done far better this season…