ADAM’S READY TO TAKE STEP UP
MIDDLESBROUGH are on target for a return to the Premier League, but boss Aitor Karanka admits Adam Clayton is likely to get there with or without the Teessiders.
After spending his early days at Manchester City, 26-year-old Clayton proved his worth at Leeds before becoming Karanka’s midfield general last season.
“Adam is a Premier League player, but he has to keep showing everyone he is,” said Karanka.
“To be a Premier League player, he has to perform there. I am sure he can play at that level.
“He is always the balance in the team when the spotlight is on the goalkeeper or the strikers.”
PREMIER CLASS: Adam Clayton is the ‘balance’ for Boro, says Aitor Karanka