Set­tled team makes it tough for fringe men

Sunday Sun - - Football -

GARRY Monk’s push to de­velop a set­tled side makes it even tougher for the fringe men to win a reg­u­lar place in the start­ing line-up. Monk’s team is be­gin­ning to have a “same again” look about it. But then the end of the con­stant chop­ping and chang­ing has brought bet­ter re­sults on the pitch. Pa­trick Bam­ford is one of the men who has not been able to win a reg­u­lar place.

He can play up front or in a wide role, which in­di­cates that he of­fers Monk op­tions.

But Monk has set­tled on Britt As­som­ba­longa and Martin Braith­waite as his front two, quite rightly, while Mar­cus Tav­ernier and Marvin John­son have been vy­ing for the one role on the flanks which still ap­pears to be up for grabs.

When mak­ing sub­sti­tu­tions up front, Monk tends to have pre- ferred Ash­ley Fletcher, a £5m sum­mer sign­ing from West Ham.

And, once Rudy Gest­ede is fully fit again, the French­man will also come heav­ily into the reck­on­ing.

Bam­ford is not the only one who is un­der pres­sure to try to up his game. Adam Clay­ton, Lewis Baker and Adam For­shaw have not been reg­u­lar starters in mid­field.

Baker in par­tic­u­lar would have hoped for a big­ger slice of the ac­tion, while it is one of the sea­son’s sur­prises that Clay­ton was dropped – but then com­pe­ti­tion for places in what the game is all about.

At the back Ryan Shot­ton and Con­nor Roberts have hardly fig­ured, al­though Monk will point out that he must have a de­cent-sized squad to deal with the rigours of a full Cham­pi­onship cam­paign.

How­ever, as a set­tled Boro side be­gins to put to­gether a run of re­sults, pa­tience and per­se­ver­ance re­main the key for sev­eral mem­bers of the squad.

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