Scouting report – Kyle Naughton having mixed fortunes at Boro

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Kyle Naughton joined Championship side Middlesbrough in February to gain some game time under his belt. But how exactly is the 21 yr old doing?

Kyle Naughton was signed by Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp last summer in a double swoop from Sheffield United. The deal also included the young Kyle Walker who was loaned back to his former club. Kyle Naughton operates as a right back but can slip into a central role if required. With Tottenham’s current form and the likes of Vedran Corluka ahead of Naughton, first team football was going to be hard to come by. Middlesbrough seemed the perfect loan move for the player.

Whilst Tottenham Hotspur fans may be following his progress closely after Naughton has been hailed a future first choice right back. Middlesbrough has seen some up and down performances from the youngster. One thing for sure is that Naughton has bags of potential and this run of games suits not only Middlesbrough but Tottenham too. The England Under 21 international has not exactly set the Riverside alight but has been mostly solid. Talk of extending the loan beyond next season has been mooted by both parties. Kyle Naughton himself told The Northern Echo ‘I am realistic and if it means I have to go on loan again then so be it. It’s all still to be decided. If I was to go on loan I couldn’t find anywhere better than Middlesbrough. This is a top, top club.’

Middlesbrough will do well to take the defender back on loan next season. Especially with themselves expected to make a serious push for promotion. Naughton has all the attributes to make it as a top class right back in the modern game. He is quick, attacks the wing very well and is a great passer of the ball.

Naughton came through the ranks at Sheffield United’s academy and is a local lad having been born in the Yorkshire City. In January 2008 he was signed on loan by Gretna and played 18 times for the side that was relegated from the Scottish Premier League in 2008. After impressing north of the border, Sheffield United quickly established him as a first team player. At the end of last season he was named Sheffield United young player of the year and was in the Championship best eleven. This great run of form established his move to Tottenham Hotspur. It remains to be seen whether after a loan spell with Championship side Middlesbrough can bring Naughton on further, furthermore where exactly Kyle Naughton fits into manager Harry Redknapp’s plans. With Champions League qualification next season a priority, would Naughton be trusted enough after not regaining his electric form at Sheffield United with Middlesbrough?

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