- 9 months ago
The midway point of the season moves ever closer and Middlesbrough are still searching for a winning blend.
Just when it looks like Garry Monk has found a successful formula, his team suffers a set-back, the latest being the calamitous home loss to Derby.
That’s ramped up the pressure ahead of Saturday’s televised fixture against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
In the latest episode of the Tripe Supper podcast, Philip Tallentire and Anthony Vickers discuss the big issues Monk must address.
He has to find a replacement for Dani Ayala, who is suspended and is almost certain to be replaced by Dael Fry or Ryan Shotton.
He will also be pondering whether to stick with 4-2-3-1 or change to an alternative formation that could potentially get the best out of the players at his disposal.
Those topics were debated, as was the gap between the promotion pace-setters and Boro and how it has put extra pressure on Monk to get his team firing on all cylinders.