– but others wait in wings
tinue to play well and remain in the starting line-up. However the competition is hot with fellow wide players Marvin Johnson and Adama Traore both desperate to earn another opportunity.
Johnson was outstanding in his full debut against Queen’s Park Rangers but has since failed to achieve the same standards, though clearly he’s talented. Traore is an enigma. Early in the season it appeared that it would be impossible for Monk to leave him out because of his extraordinary ability to wreak havoc.
However, Traore remains a work in progress. Boro’s coaches are working hard to teach him to release the ball at the right time and also use his passes intelligently.
Another player currently outside the action is Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker, who played regular football during his two years on loan with Vitesse in Holland, but has been edged out at Boro by the return of Martin Braithwaite.
Overall, Monk will be delighted that he has a selection headache of the best kind.
Yet the way in which things are beginning to shape up suggests that most of the players will be picking themselves. Daniel Ayala congratulates Ashley Fletcher after he scores
Boro veteran Stewart Downing (number 14) has burst back into manager Garry Monk’s (left) plans – just months after he was almost allowed to leave the club on a free transfer