Football - Halliday has defensive future - Mowbray

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has told emergency full-back Andy Halliday he could have what it takes to turn himself into a full-time defender.

Eurosport
Championship - Mowbray unhappy with defending
.

View photo

Tony Mowbray (PA Photos)

The 21-year-old, who joined the club from Livingston as a striker, has impressed in the absence of the injured George Friend and Mowbray believes he could have a future at the back.

He told the Northern Echo: "I wasn't sure if Andy was going anywhere as a high-rise player, an attacking player.

"Yet every day in training I would see him make challenges, being very disciplined about stopping the opposition. I felt he could play left-back for us.

"He is decent with the ball and I have no fears about playing him there, he has looked good.

"I have had to wait to give him a chance there, but I think it has worked reasonably well for us. As well as showing an awareness defensively, he does join in with the attacks, which is good."

View comments (0)
Write for Yahoo Sport