Middlesbrough manager Steve Agnew has hailed the threat players like Marten de Roon and Alvaro Negredo bring to his Middlesbrough team ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Middlesbrough on Monday night.
“He (De Roon) has come from Italy, which is slightly different in terms of the style of play, a little bit more defensive, and we have changed his position,” Agnew said.
“He’s been more of an attacking midfield player this season in many of the games he’s played and he’s a real threat, as you have seen with the number of goals he has scored in the Premier League this season.
“He’s been very good, excellent. It’s hard to single out players – obviously Marten has scored a few goals, so has Alvaro (Negredo), but I think the contribution throughout the squad has been terrific.
“They didn’t quite get the rewards in terms of the win against Manchester City, but playing against a top team and actually having to try to get back-to-back wins in the Premier League is something we were very, very close to and haven’t achieved all season.”