I think it is newspaper talk. Firstly, we have a player waiting for his chance to play in Downing's position i.e. Johnson. Secondly why would we take on a right footed player who has less pace. Finally would Bentley come to Boro anyway, he has a very high opinion of himself. Having watched Downing on Saturday, I have to say he was by far the best player on the pitch and received a good reception from the crowd (Mackem supporters excepted). Tuncay seems to have gone off the boil but possibly because he is being played out of his natural position behind the strikers. We missed the pace of Alliadiere and when Digard went off shortly after Walker we surrendered the midfield. And as for bringing on Mido five minutes from time, well that was a complete waste. Why doesn't Southgate start Mido with the instructions to run himself ragged for sixty minutes then bring on Alves in his place for the last thirty minutes. I am afraid my earlier posts about inexperienced coaching and poor tactics were proved correct again against Sunderland. Individually all players apart from Downing underperformed as can be seen by the newspaper ratings but as a team they were disorganised and inept with lateral balls and speculative long balls being the norm. No defence splitting passes, balls played to static players rather than for a man to run on to, no movement at throw ins or free kicks. All this is really elementary stuff. There certainly was any creativity on the ball or off it, and at times players treated the ball like a hot potato trying to get rid of it as soon as possible.