The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

LEE Tom­lin could be just what Middlesbrough need. Yes, he’s a com­bustible nut­ter who gets sent off ev­ery other game.

He’s al­ready had three red cards for Peter­bor­ough this sea­son and col­lected enough yel­lows to make a life-size col­lage of the sun.

But Tom­lin is some­one who sails on the ragged edge be­tween bril­liance and mad­ness, for­ever steam­ing into tack­les, nig­gling op­po­nents and al­ways hov­er­ing just mo­ments from a men­tal melt­down.

He’s a man­ager’s nightmare but the kind of un­pre­dictable player Boro are des­per­ately lack­ing, some­one to in­spire the pun­ters with a bit of pas­sion and fire.

He may miss as many games as he plays, but it’ll be fun to watch. And isn’t that what foot­ball is about?

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