We are suffering from a severe lack of QUALITY and IMAGINATION. The commitment & the work rate is there, but as soon as we get into the final third it all falls apart. Why? Because we have no attacking midfielders who can run with the ball and beat a defender. Downing should be able to do that, after, all he is in the England squad! But the painful truth is that he is not consistent enough for Boro or England. Boateng is pure sh¡te in front of goal, he is a strong, holding player, but if he shoots the ball will usually end up near the corner flag or row Z. Rochemback has played better this season, his work rate has improved and his tackling and distribution are good but he just cant hit the target either. Without Arca our midfield looks tame, there is NO support for the strikers, no- one following in for rebounds and loose balls.
I would love to see Adam Johnson get a good run in the team, the lad looks quick and causes problems for opposing defenders, perhaps making Downing fight for his place in the team might do him some good, as it is now, he is on easy street, he knows his name will be on the team sheet every week and also knows if Boro are relegated Spurs or some other team will swoop in for him.
We need a manager with imagination & experience, in my opinion that’s neither Southgate nor McClarren